On Top of the World // Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh

Three hikes in the past few months!? Must be a new record for me! My sister and I only had an afternoon class on Friday so she dragged me out of bed that morning to go hike Arthur’s Seat. I’ll be honest, I was just not feeling it…I felt gross, my eyes kept watering, and the wind was out-of-control! But then I saw views like this and couldn’t stay mad at my sister. How gorgeous is this!? The weather’s been absolutely fabulous here!!! Sunny, blue skies and between 65-70 F (18-21 C) every day. Reality will hit soon though when we start getting only 5 hours of sunlight a day!

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerMy sister was way too ambitious when climbing. This is the view I had the entire time…always at least this far behind her! Plus, her legs are insanely long so every step she takes requires at least 2-3 steps from me.

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerArthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerThe Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the second picture, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland! It has been the main residence in Scotland since the 16th century and hosted many foreign dignitaries including the King of Norway, Queen of Denmark, the President of France, the Chancellor of Germany, the Pope, Nelson Mandela, and Putin. Oh ya, this palace is also located less than 1/2 mile away from my apartment.

See that weird looking building in the last picture (with the bizarre window designs)? That’s the Scottish Parliament! Also a stones throw away from my apartment :)

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerArthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerI told Loren to pretend she was climbing the side of this rock – she decided to actually climb this rock! Arthur’s Seat is actually a popular location in Scotland to go rock climbing.

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerSoooooo close to the top!

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerArthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerWe made it to the top!!! And look at that gorgeous view…we got the best weather, the bluest sky, and the fluffiest clouds. Just a great autumn day!

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerArthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerArthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerAre you noticing a pattern in all my blog posts? Obviously I have to be jumping in them! Also, reppin’ my sorority letters from my uni days in the USA!

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With Wagner
Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerJust a quick piece of advice! If you decide to climb Arthur’s Seat, there are a bunch of different routes to take. When at the Palace of Holyroodhouse or on Queen’s Way, go left! That’s a much quicker route than going right even though it looks like the faster route is to the right. Loren and I went right and ended up having to go up, down, and back up. We did about twice as much work!

I’d highly recommend this hike if you’re in Edinburgh. It will give you fabulous views of the city, especially on a sunny, clear day! Looking for other hikes in Europe? Check out this one at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia or this one at Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria!

Arthur's Seat Scotland via Wayfaring With WagnerQuestion: What’s your favorite hike in Europe?

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  • I’m usually like you when I start climbing, but once I get to the top I completely stop being angry at Miha hahaha. Those views are just so gorgeous! I love your new city!

  • My husband and I climbed Arthur’s Seat just 3 days before you! We also had good weather that day. Your photos are gorgeous. When we were at the bottom looking up, I wasn’t confident we’d make it because we don’t do that kind of thing often. The views are surely worth it, though, and I would also recommend the climb to anyone visiting the city.

  • Scotland is so pretty! Aren’t you glad you got up and went? But oh girl, 5 hours of sunlight a day in winter? I don’t know how I’d deal, but I think the fact that you’re in such a cool place will make it all worth it!

  • Great pictures Jordan….so good to see you and Loren. Your pictures took me back to about 1943. Across the river from my hometown of Versailles, Pa., was a very high hill with a clear grassy top. I always wanted to climb up there but couldn’t swim the river. Two friends and I found a crossing several miles away and finally got to the top. From there we could see the whole town of Versailles and it was really neat. I think today that area is covered with houses. Your blog is really great and I thank you for sending it. The views from your climb are spectacular.

  • The place of one of my favorite Europe memories :) It was super rainy and muddy that day, and our friends who had JUST done the hike told us to go a different route… it was such a mistake listening to him b/c we went up to this really steep way (I don’t even think it was a marked route…) and it started raining and we were like slippin’ and slidin’ while basically scaling the side hahaha. But we were laughing so hard and the views were so worth it, AND we saw a couple getting engaged at the top!

  • Aaah, gorgeous photos! I’ve only ever climbed halfway up the hill – it was January when I did it and FREEZING!!

    I can’t believe how sunny Scotland is at this time of year. That never happens. Hoping some of your weather good luck rubs off and Newcastle is also sunny – off there tonight!

  • Love it! Scotland is hard to beat – I need to get my husband there since he’s never been, so this will go on our list!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com ♥

  • i was scrolling down just waiting for the jumping photo!! and yayyy! edinburgh photos! i hope you’re settling in juuust perfectly. it already looks like you two gals are having too much fun together ;) loveyoumissyou!! xxo.