Every time we've been in Edinburgh over the last year, I've wanted to climb Arthur's Seat. I got to do a bit of it as part of Survival of the Fittest last year and that just made me even more keen! We finally got around to doing it when we were in town for Gordon and Laura's abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge...
As you can see, Gordon was not so keen! It took a lot of driving in circles, trying to figure out the best route before we eventually decided just to park at the very first car park we'd drove past and take the "long" route up. It's a pretty good route to take as you can see Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle for the majority of the first leg.
Arthurs Seat is a 251 metre high extinct volcano that towers above the city from Holyrood Park. The route we took is reasonably easy but still a decent leg workout! You climb gradually past the Salisbury crags, before the path starts to descend back down. This was as far as I got to experience at last years race but this time we veered left, and the walk got a little tougher as we climbed the steep stone steps higher up the hills. On the way back down we took another, much gentler route down past the ruins of St Anthony's Chapel - I'd recommend this path to anyone who's fitness levels are lacking!
The view from the top makes all the climbing worth it! You can see the whole of Edinburgh city as well as a good view towards Leith and across the Firth of Forth. In total the walk took us about an hour and a half. Like I said though, we took the longer, slightly tougher route and stopped for lots of photos on the way. If you ever have some time to kill in Edinburgh put on your trainers, grab your camera and head for the hills :)