Thursday, October 6

climbing up arthur's seat

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the hills surrounding Holyrood Palace, which is where the Queen stays when she comes to visit Scotland. The highest peak of these hills is over 800 feet and also provides you with beautiful panoramic views of Edinburgh and it's outskirts. It is not all uphill and rocky or grassy however. There are some flat bits around the hills in which many people will walk or run along. There are also two little loch's {lakes} where you can bring a picnic or a book and just enjoy some peace and quiet. The day that we went up it was already pretty windy and when we finally reached the top I seriously thought I was going to blow away. Brett and my cousin were laughing and said they should tie me to a string in case I flew away!

If you are looking for a little peace and quiet outside of Edinburgh, but don't want to travel too far this is a great place to come.It's only about a couple miles away from the castle but you really feel a sense of the outdoors and connect with nature. It is also just a little walk along to see Holyrood Palace and across is the new Scottish Parliament building. Daily visitors are welcome to pay a fee and get a small tour of the Palace, if the Queen is residing there. Every summer she comes up from England to spend some time in Scotland and usually throws a Royal Garden Party, by invitation only of course.

Unfortunately the day that we decided to hike up, it was windy and a bit rainy but it did not stop us! I have included some of my favorites from the hike for you to enjoy.

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