Seven Hills of Edinburgh
Castles & Historic Monuments,  Edinburgh,  Hikes & Walks,  Mountains & Hills,  Nature,  Scotland

The Seven Hills Of Edinburgh: A Quick Guide

Edinburgh, the “Athens of the North”, is traditionally said to have been built on seven hills,ย in an allusion to the city ofย Rome which was also supposedly built on seven hills. There are, in fact, well more than seven hills in Edinburgh which makes for a considerable debate over which hills are included and excluded from the seven. However, the seven in this quick guide are widely considered to be the seven hills, as they are all within the main city centre area and have summits at a high prominence. In addition, these seven are all listed on the sign on the summit of the Braids (no. 3 below!), so I think it’s pretty safe to say these are the famous seven!

  1. Arthur’s Seat
  2. Blackford Hill
  3. Braid Hills
  4. Calton Hill
  5. Castle Rock
  6. Corstorphine Hill
  7. Craiglockhart Hill

Annually in June, there is a race called the “Seven Hills” in which participants aim to race up and down all these seven hills as fast as they can, which covers a distance of about 14 miles and 670.5m (2200ft) of ascent/descent. Well, I’m not sure I’d be up for that, but all seven are really awesome to explore and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the city.

I’ve climbed them all (a day at a time) and they make a lovely walk for a couple of hours in a morning or afternoon. Getting to a higher elevation is also a great way to navigate and get orientated with the city and see it from different perspectives. Each has it’s own charm, history, nature and surprises so take a look at what’s on offer and see what you fancy.

This quick guide will give you an overview of all seven hills, how to get there (by public transport), what to expect and why they’re so special.

Click the photos of each hill below to access each quick guide!

1. Arthur’s Seat

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Arthur’s Seat

2. Blackford Hill

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Summit of Blackford Hill

3. Braid Hills

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Summit of the Braid Hills

4. Calton Hill

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Iconic view of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

5. Castle Rock

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Castle Rock

6. Corstorphine Hill

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Corstorphine Hill Tower on Corstorphine Hill

7. Craiglockhart Hill

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Fiachra at the summit of Wester Craiglockhart Hill

I hope you find this guide useful and it inspires you to go for a walk (or run!). If you’ve been up or down any or all of them, please share your thoughts/hints/tips in the comments below – I’d love to hear what you think!

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