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Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat


Postby Foghlainte » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:39 pm

Route description: Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Arthur's Seat

Date walked: 06/04/2015

Time taken: 1.33 hours

Distance: 3.2 km

Ascent: 263m

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It was an unseasonally hot and sunny day in April and I had some old friends visiting from abroad, so we decided to take a trip up Arthur's Seat.

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I always like the look of the yellow gorse at this time of year.

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St Margaret's Loch had its usual contingent of swans and opportunistic gulls, but it was looking very fine.

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As we got higher on the hillside, the full city began to come into view. I've been living here for almost three years now, but I never get tired of seeing it from above.

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The hill levelled out and we were able to see up to the top of Arthur's Seat. A trail of people snaked up like ants.

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We stopped to take a break before the final climb and take in the view for a few minutes. We could see the cloud beginning to roll in off the Forth in the distance, but we weren't concerned. I suppose you need to treasure the little windows of good weather while you can.

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We reached the top and this was what we were treated to. It's easy to forget when you live here how extraordinary it is to have a mini-mountain and a castle in the city centre, but it certainly impressed the guests.

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This was the view in the other direction, out towards East Lothian. I can just about see my house... just about.

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We began the descent, which was made harder purely by how slippy the ground was beneath our feet. Having flat soles was definitely a bad decision.

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The staircase down to the bottom is excellent mainly for the views up to the peak. All in all, this was more of a stroll than a hike but it was good to get out on such a nice day.
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Re: Arthur's Seat

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:50 pm

What great views of Edinburgh, really need to visit this one.
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