It’s rare you ever feel like you’ve had enough time in a city when you’re having a long weekend, but also important not to feel completely exhausted after an 18 hour day of sightseeing. We aimed to find a good balance on our trip to Edinburgh, taking in some of the sights and sounds whilst also enjoying some down time in some beautiful cafes and pubs.
If it’s a sunny day, or even just not raining, then the imposing Arthur’s Seat is crying out to be climbed. It isn’t a particularly hard climb, although you can find yourself clambering over rocks at times. We ventured towards Holyrood House and then followed the longer route in order to take in some incredible views of the city as we made our ascent. However, there is a slightly shorter route if you’re short on time! The great thing about climbing Arthur’s Seat is that everyone is there having a go, enjoying the fresh air and being buffeted around by the winds. Whether you’re walking your dog, carrying your new baby, or turning it into a bit of a hiking adventure with friends, it’s a great way to understand the scope and scale of Edinburgh. Plus, it’s absolutely FREE which is always a bonus! Even on a Thursday in March there were people scattered like sprinkles across the hills but never so many that you felt in amongst the tourist crowds of the Royal Mile.
I couldn’t help but take hundreds of photos as we made the climb, whether of tiny just bloomed flowers or of the incredible cityscape below us. It was made all the more brilliant by the beautiful sunny day, which is pure luck at this time of year.
Top Tips For Arthur’s Seat
- Comfortable Shoes – whether you have a pair of walking boots (never not a good idea) or a good pair of trainers. You need something fairy comfortable and sturdy, especially if you encounter a muddy patch of pathway!
- Water – unlike almost anywhere else in Edinburgh, there are no cafes or corner shops to grab a bottle from and depending on how warm it is and your fitness levels, water will always come in handy!
- Warm Clothes – no matter what it’s like down in the town, the elevation of Arthur’s Seat leaves you open to the elements and a bit of rain or wind can suddenly feel like you’re being smacked in the face by Mother Nature herself!
- A Camera – a must in any occasion but particularly great to have on hand for this. If you can, take a wide angle lens so you can really capture the vast beauty of Edinburgh below.