During our visit to Edinburgh castle, you cannot help but admire the surrounding countryside and I was particularly struck by the beauty of Arthur’s Seat.
Arthur’s Seat is the main mountain in Edinburgh at 251 metres high and forms most of Holyrood Park. It is actually an ancient volcano and it was the striking Salisbury Cliffs that really stood out for me from our view-point.
On our last full day in Scotland we gave the kids the choice of where they wanted to do and they decided upon Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of the planet Earth. Luckily for me it also sits at the bottom of Arthur’s seat so we took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to go for a walk first.
We parked at Holyrood House and set off. There are two paths you can take; the dirt path to the right goes around Salisbury Crags and is a challenging walk, or you can take the red path which is a gradual ascent to Arthur’s Seat and the best one for kids.
As you climb up the trail, we spotted the crumbly ruins of St. Anthony’s Well & Chapel which was built in the 1400’s.
By this point Sebby was already on top of Daddy’s shoulders and Eliza had to be persuaded to keep going, but we were soon up by the Salisbury Crags and people who were at the top of Arthur’s Seat already were coming into view.
Everything I read before our visit said this was an easy climb……… it isn’t!! The last section of the trail up to the top of Arthur’s Seat is red volcanic, and rocky. Being February, the rocks, which form an uneven staircase, are very slippery underfoot and we saw several people slip and fall.
We got as far as a rocky ledge that gave us spectacular views over the city of Edinburgh and made the decision to stop for a brief rest and then head back down.
If you do decide to climb Arthur’s Seat I have the following tips for you:
Don’t wear a heavy coat – we ended up taking ours off minutes into the climb and they became cumbersome to carry.
Wear walking boots / shoes. Everyone we saw fall over had trainers on!
Don’t forget your camera……….the views are spectacular and as far-reaching as the Firth of Forth and the Forth Bridge.
If you are taking a toddler with you, take a back carrier. Far safer than sitting on Daddy’s shoulders!!
Take plenty of water and snacks. All that climbing is thirsty work!!
I have to say the way down was a lot trickier as we found it more slippery, however all managed to stay on our feet.
I took Eliza and Sebastian back down the path we came up, but Hubby and Isaac decided to head back across the top of Salisbury Crag which gave them amazing views down over Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament.
If you are in Edinburgh I strongly recommend giving it a try. I would imagine in the summer it would be the ideal place for a picnic!