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One last hill

One last hill


Postby James59 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:46 pm

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

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

Date walked: 12/06/2018

Time taken: 0.7 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 250m

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I hadn't expected to bag another hill after we left Braemar, but then I saw Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and I realized I had a chance to get one more (small) summit. So on my final morning run in Scotland, I headed out the door of my B&B and aimed for this impressive landmark. I didn't know how to get to the top, but as I ran along the road at the base, somebody kindly told me there was a grassy path on the other side of the hill. I found a steep, narrow path, and tried to run up it, but only made it about halfway. As I ascended, I got a good, close-up view of the dreaded gorse bushes. When I reached the top, I discovered I was on a secondary peak, so I then ran across to the real summit. As promised in my guidebook, a fantastic view in all directions. Definitely something every visitor to this beautiful city should experience. On the way back, I discovered a much wider and more gradual path down to the road. Next time (if there ever is a next time), I'll go up that way too.
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Re: One last hill

Postby Sgurr » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:56 pm

Hope there is a next time. Your flying visit from Canada clocked up more of the great sights of Scotland than many Scots see in a life-time. Enjoyed all your reports. Short but good.
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Re: One last hill

Postby James59 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:24 am

I hope there is a next time too. I did manage to get in as many hikes as time (and my wife--my long-suffering hiking partner) would allow, but there's obviously so much more to see and do there. What a fabulous mountain paradise you have. Perhaps it's my Scottish heritage that explains my own love of high places.
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