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Travel || Arthur’s Seat

Sam and I made a pact before going up North to Edinburgh that come rain or shine, no matter what the weather conditions, we were going to climb Arthur’s Seat. Roll on early Sunday morning when we were about to leave for our climb and it is pouring out. You just have to laugh and make the best of the bad weather though, right? 

There are two main ways up Arthur’s Seat; from Holyrood Park, which takes a bit over an hour to reach the summit, or from the East by Dunsapie Loch which only takes about 15 minutes but misses out some of the crazy spectacular views. Never one to shirk a challenge, especially in the rain, we opted for the hour + hike.

Arthur’s Seat is in the centre of the city, about 1 mile from Edinburgh Castle. It rises about 820 feet above the city and provides the most amazing panoramic view. Plus it’s an extinct volcano, which is pretty awesome.

One of the most surprising things, is that despite the dreadful weather, there were tons of people at the top. Including a fair few kids, which was shocking because the longer approach is quite hard going. It isn’t that it’s steep (it is), but more that on the descent, the rock face down definitely involves some scrambling which was terrifying to me, so I imagine it to be immobilising to a smaller person. 

approaching arthurs peak
heather and thistle
journey up
sam walking
viewsview from topview from top two
taking a photo
me on arthurs seat
standing on peak
sam on arthurs seat
sam and i on top
on top of arthurs seat
By the top marker. 

Have you ever gotten to the top of Arthur’s Peak? 

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