Find out how Dynamic Earth can complement your visit to Edinburgh’s iconic landmark.

Dynamic Earth Science Centre and Planetarium is situated right by Holyrood Park which contains many features of popular scientific interest, like the famous extinct volcano: Arthur’s Seat. When visiting the iconic, rugged and beautiful Arthur’s Seat make the most of your experience by including Dynamic Earth in your plans. Our science centre is the perfect place to prepare for your walk, or to rest your legs after climbing the 250 metre hill.

The rocks and landscapes of Holyrood Park have inspired many scientific thinkers, most famously James Hutton as he developed his ‘Theory of the Earth’. It was his ideas about the way different rock layers relate to each other that helped to form key concepts in contemporary Earth science, including that our Earth is many millions of years old!

If you are looking to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s scientists, there are plenty of routes to take through Holyrood Park. If the summit of Arthur’s Seat is your goal then you can easily get there from Dynamic Earth. Set out from Dynamic Earth and cross Queen’s Drive, then follow the well-marked track passing the neighbouring features of Salisbury Crags, Hunters Bog and Whinny Hill on the way up. Take great care on this path, as it does become increasingly rough and slippery towards the top. Make sure to check the weather conditions, and wear appropriate footwear, before setting out on your adventure. 



Get some energy in your body before taking on the hill or as a well-earned reward when you come down, open most days.


Free to access toilets and coin operated lockers which can be used when on your walk.


The leading geologist who made many of his discoveries from studying Arthur’s Seat and The Crags. We help you discover the man and his significance to science.


Basic guidance on how to make the most of your walk up Arthur’s Seat and The Crags, including information on the geographic significance of these natural landmarks.


 In our science centre we bring the power, vibrancy and sheer force of what a volcanic event feels like to life (in a safe but exciting way).


Open 24-hours a day with electric charging points available. Charges apply for use of parking facilities, see our Getting Here page for more information. 

Dynamic Earth is situated right beside Arthur’s Seat for a reason. As an earth science engagement charity we exist to promote understanding and empathy for all the wonders of the world, including volcanoes and geological rock forms. What better way to finish off your walk, than learning about the geological significance of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmark. Not only will Arthur’s Seat immerse you in the forming of our planet and Earth’s past, it is the best way to experience the city as it is stands now, with excellent panoramic views of Edinburgh’s lovely historic buildings. The hill and the city have featured in many films and books including the Trainspotting franchise and, most recently, Netflix’s adaptation of One Day. For more information on how to make the most of your Arthur’s Seat adventure, stop into Dynamic Earth and speak to our friendly team.