Sub 2k Marilyns: Arthur's Seat, North Berwick Law.
Date: 18 and 19/04/2019.
Distance: 4.5 km + 2 km.
Ascent: 250m + 150m.
Time taken: 1 hour + 40 minutes.
Weather: Sunny and hazy.
I had just spent a couple of days in York and Newcastle sampling some fine beers, and discovered that my parents would be in Edinburgh around Easter. I decided to hop off the train home from Newcastle and stop in at my sister's place for the night - good for a catchup! The afternoon was warm and hazy at Waverly and the city busy with tourists. I fancied a quick wander over Arthur's Seat before heading out to my sister's place - dad said he would pick me up at Dunsapie Loch too, so no need to hop on the bus afterwards.
I headed down to Holyrood Palace then up the shortest route along Long Row. Where the path veered left, I took the direct route to the summit cone - busy as ever but also great!
St. Margaret’s Loch
West across Salisbury Crags
Across Whinny Hill
Busy as expected on the summit
It was then a short amble down to Dunsapie Loch, where I wandered about a bit and sat in the sunshine for a while before dad finally turned up.
Descent to Dunsapie Loch
It was decided that Good Friday would be a beach day, the weather looking good again. So we piled into the car with my parents and niece and headed for North Berwick. I hoped to fit in a quick ascent of the Law while we were here, but first it was time for lunch, sandcastles and a bit of paddling.
Bass Rock from East Links
As usual we had left late, and I needed to be on the 16:25 train back to Edinburgh in order to make my connection back to Inverness. We all decided to head up Berwick Law with about 90 minutes available - this would be way more than enough had we not had a 2 year old with us . In the end I carried Mabli up on my shoulders, which she mostly enjoyed.
This is cheating
Mabli reaching the summit
North from the Law
North Berwick from the Law
’Put me down Uncle Malky!’
We now had even less time to get back down, and my mum and sister weren't going too fast either. I ended up carrying Mabli all the way back down again, and dad and I made a swift break for the station before he returned for the others. Mabli was less keen on the descent and wanted her mum. Fortunately I made the train with time to spare - rather a rushed end to a nice family day out!
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