One of the best things I did during my visit to Edinburgh back in November was to climb Arthur’s Seat.
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of a group of hills right outside the central city of Edinburgh. There are some interesting stories about this hill, including being the location of the legendary castle Camelot with King Arthur and the whole hill itself being a sleeping giant, but one certain fact is that it’s an extinct volcano that erupted about 350 million years ago.
We climbed the hill just before sunset so we could witness the beautiful panoramic view of Edinburgh in magical, golden light – and let’s just say that we weren’t disappointed. We started off on the north side next to Palace of Holyroodhouse and got to the peak Salisbury Crags after about 30 minutes with some photo stops on the way. We never made it to the highest peak (which is the “real” Arthur’s Seat) since we wanted to get down before it got dark, haha, but the whole area was really beautiful and if I have had more time in Edinburgh I would totally have explored more of it.
The trails are really easy to follow and not that steep which makes it accessible for anyone of reasonable fitness, kids included.
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Quick facts about Arthur’s Seat
Area: Holyrood Park
Highest Peak: Arthur’s Seat
Entrance fee: None
Permits needed: None
Elevation: 251 m (Arthur’s Seat)
Location: Edinburgh EH8 8AL, Edinburgh
Who should visit?
People who don’t mind walking and want a stunning view of Edinburgh, or want an outdoor activity in nature close to the city.
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