The 7 Hills of Edinburgh Tour
Hike the roof of Edinburgh!
How would you like to see the seven most magnificent views of Edinburgh – but all in one fascinating and energetic morning? That feat is now entirely possible, we’ll be delighted to have your company as we do just that!
Meeting bright and early just below our spectacular Castle Rock, you’ll learn about how it and the rest of the 7 Hills were formed. Our luxury vehicle will then take you round the ring of the 7 Hills – Corstorphine, Craiglockhart, Braid, Blackford, Arthur’s Seat and finally Calton Hill, our finish point.
At each hill, you will have the chance to hike to the summit (5-20 minutes), to take in the view, get photographs, and hear more about what you see from your guide, who will give more commentary as we travel on Edinburgh history and culture, including themes as diverse as Robert Louis Stevenson, badgers, golf, the poets of the First World War, psychiatry, coffee and scones (with practical demonstration!), skiing, Oscar Wilde, LGBT Edinburgh, glaciation, astronomy, Celtic religion, Mary Queen of Scots, the Irish diaspora, the Napoleonic wars, religious rivalry through football….and lots more! Did we mention the complimentary coffee and scones?
In the distance you’ll be seeing the hills of Fife, the Borders and the far Trossachs, as well as the nearer Pentland Hills, which guard Edinburgh’s southern edge. You’ll also see the beautiful Firth of Forth with its uninhabited islands, and right down to the volcanic cone of North Berwick Law. Closer in you’ll see the landmarks of the city, both famous and lesser known, including the former hospital where the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon jointly edited the house magazine!
Finally, at our destination point, Calton Hill, you’ll be among the great monuments of the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’. By the end of your energetic morning you’ll have the satisfaction of having accomplished something that even few locals have done, and you’ll know Edinburgh in a far deeper way than ever before. We can guarantee – there is no Edinburgh experience quite like it!
The seven hills of edinburgh
CORSTORPHINE HILL – to the west of the city, home to our zoo and peaceful woodlands, topped by a historic tower.
CRAIGLOCKHART HILL – site of the former Hydropathic hotel and Craig House former psychiatric clinic.
BRAID HILLS – the ‘broad’ hills near the city’s southern edge, now a renowned golfing centre.
BLACKFORD HILL – home to Edinburgh University’s astronomy department and observatory.
ARTHUR’S SEAT – the king of Edinburgh’s hills, an extinct volcano with the spectacular rock sill of Salisbury Crags. (Please note that the Arthur’s Seat summit walk may be unavailable through bad weather at the guide’s discretion)
CALTON HILL – the end of our tour, and site of several key Edinburgh monuments.
Safety and health
On the other, smaller hills, there are grassy or woodland paths to the top, and they are less high and steep than Arthur’s Seat.
Generally the tour is not suitable for those with symptomatic chronic respiratory, cardiac or musculoskeletal conditions. If you would like to discuss suitability, please contact Moray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
weather & clothing
Edinburgh gets its share of grey and rainy days! The tour can run in the wet, but you may cancel without charge up to 48 hours before the tour, so no-one should be forced to participate in poor weather!
In difficult weather the tour may sometimes not be able to offer the Arthur’s Seat walk, and in particularly bad/hazardous weather the tour may be cancelled completely by 7 Hills Tours, in which case a full refund will be given in every case, with no 48-hour rule.
We would recommend suitable footwear for hills, especially if you will be coming up Arthur’s Seat. Soles giving grip are essential for stony or grassy slopes, and surfaces can also be muddy at times. Please avoid shoes with high heels! If you like to use walking poles, please feel free to bring them along if you have them – we also have some sets to lend, and would recommend poles on our steeper hills.
Please dress appropriately for the weather – plus the hilltops can be surprisingly cold and windy even when the town is mild, so be ready with an extra layer and a waterproof if there is a chance of rain!