Dunsapie

City of Edinburgh | Duddingston | Viewpoint | ★★★

[Arthur's Seat & Dunsapie Loch from Dunsapie summit]

This relatively neglected small summit on the east side of Edinburgh's Holyrood Park is a perfect alternative to Arthur's Seat for those short on time or stamina. Dunsapie rises 145 metres above sea level, but can be accessed from car parks on Queen's Drive just a few dozen metres below - though walking from Duddingston or Willowbrae is a great alternative for those seeking a slightly longer route. Dunsapie's rocky summit features some distinctive rocky outcrops and offers a superb outlook both over East Lothian and west to Arthur's Seat - the latter busy with families sledging on our recent, snowy visit. The artificial reservoir of Dunsapie Loch hugs the foot of the hill at road level, and is itself a very pleasant spot; otters have frequently been spotted here in recent months.

[View east from the summit]

Location & info

📌 Dunsapie ★★★
Access from Queen's Drive, Holyrood Park, half a mile north of Duddingston or 1 mi east of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 282732 ///chairs.finger.tiny
Always open for walkers & cyclists. Queen's Drive is closed to vehicles during the Covid-19 pandemic. | Free

💬 Closest parking is at the car park by Dunsapie Loch, G.R.: NT 281730 ///cloud.assets.owls. From here it's a 5-min steep uphill walk to the summit on informal grassy paths. There are several choices of route, starting from either end of the loch.



[Dunsapie Loch & summit (right)]

[Dunsapie Loch & Arthur's Seat]

[Arthur's Seat beyond Dunsapie's crags]

[Queen's Drive - covered with snow and closed to vehicles when this photo was taken in January 2021]

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