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!
My 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.
The 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 :)
Just 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!