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Edinburgh Castle from the Scott Memorial

Our last day in this glorious city…and we had ambitious plans.  I had learned that there was a trailhead ascending one of Edinburgh’s peaks just behind Holyrood…and couldn’t resist the temptation.  Our goal was ascending Arthur’s Seat, one of the extinct volcanic cones dominating the Edinburgh skyline…this one untouched by urban settlement.  We exited our hotel with daypacks, water and packed lunches…and had to tackle the Scott Memorial first!


The Scott Memorial is an exquisite structure, amazingly constructed in the 1840’s as a memorial to Sir Walter Scott.  It is usually teeming with tourists, but since we passed by early in the morning on a weekday and noticed an absence of human activity, decided to embark.

Scott Memorial - a must if you visit Edinburgh...but lose your backpack for the final ascent!
    Glad we did, because it is a fascinating structure which yields incredible views once you climb to the top.  Funny thing is that I ignored warnings to discard backpacks and actually had to backtrack and take my day pack off to navigate the final few steps along an incredibly narrow, winding stone staircase!

Then on to Arthur’s Seat.  It is so very cool to begin a hike from the downtown of a major city…and Arthur’s Seat does not disappoint.  Starts out along an actual road --- but it’s Radical Road, constructed by imprisoned Scottish ‘radicals’ (folks who supported the wrong political party) back in the 1820’s.  Incredible to experience such a hike starting off from your hotel, lol.

When we acquired the top of Arthur’s Seat, we were surprised to see a bunch of people…and quickly realized there was a roadway the entire way up…apparently a desired lunch spot for Edinburghers!  Of course I can’t go in a straight line and plotted our descent down to Duddingston (village south of Edinburgh) so we could celebrate with a final drink at the Sheep Heid Inn, which has purportedly been a bar since the 1100’s!  On the rebound (merely along roadways…no trails back to Edinburgh), we also checked out a rather nice bird sanctuary.

View of Edinburgh from crest of Arthur’s Seat - to convey the elevation, that shadow just left center is Edinburgh Castle!

To sum up, Scotland is a serious recommendation.  It combines natural beauty with friendly inhabitants and invigorating city life…go there yesterday (and let me know what you thought!).


Koralifix says:
Congrats on having this blog featured, Vance! Good on you!
Posted on: Apr 29, 2011
ellekape says:
nice pictures
Posted on: May 16, 2008
genetravelling says:
thanks for this blog. should come in handy for me...
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
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