Mad Seat 2020

29th – 30th May

The challenge: how many times could you climb Arthur’s Seat in a day?

For the 5th year we return to Arthur’s Seat for a challenge you’ll never forget. 

You have three options:

· 6 hours = Mad Starter (Starts at 2 pm on Saturday. Record of 16 ascents)

· 12 hours = Mad Mover (Starts at 8 am on Saturday. Record of 33 ascents)

· 24 hours = Mad Master (Starts at 8 pm on Friday. Record of 61 ascents) 

Start times will be staggered so that everyone finishes together, at 8pm  Saturday. 

We welcome all levels of fitness and ability as our events are tailored to be inclusive for all. Please have a think about your experience before selecting a level of difficulty. We want Mad Seat to be fun but safe, so we reserve the right to ask any participants to withdraw if we feel their health, wellbeing or safety is under threat.

Don’t ask for money. Ask for change.

Mad Challenges uses a different kind of sponsorship: Do Nation – an online platform that allows people to pledge action, not money. The pledges, called ‘Do Actions‘, are cost-free commitments of small but significant changes in habit. They’re designed to be good for your environment, your health and your pocket.

Part of the deal in taking part in Mad Seat is to gather 25 pledges or more – you can even sponsor yourself. 


We are a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation. We create these events because we love to – and because we believe they can help make a real difference to people and the environment. So all we ask is for enough to cover our costs, which cost £30 per head to run for this event. Anything over that will be put straight back in to making more great events. 

But we want our events to be open to everyone, regardless of circumstances.

So if you cannot pay, just get in touch and we’ll arrange a discounted ticket, no questions asked.

See our refunds policy for information about refunds in the event you can no longer take part. Though we hope this doesn’t happen!

What’s it like?

This is a small, friendly event run by volunteers who want to provide people with a memorable experience in a beautiful place. Anyone can join in, from competitive athletes to absolute beginners – you can choose how long to go for and how hard to push it. And with a marquee at base camp, there’s always a warm place to rest, hot drinks, tasty food and plenty of support. 


We know things come up and plans change. If you need to cancel your ticket, we will give you a 100% refund up to 1 month before the event. Up to 2 weeks before we will give you a 50% refund. Unfortunately no refunds will be offered less than 2 weeks before or if the event is cancelled due to bad weather. Our priority is your safety and as much as we’d love to, we can’t predict the Scottish weather.