When I was in Edinburgh in 1987, I met up with a nice bunch of other students at the Youth Hostel and we decided the thing to do on our day in Edinburgh was to climb up Arthur's Seat. It is the tallest hill in town, volcanic rock, and about 250 meters tall. We did climb, but when we got to the top, we realized we were not on the tallest part, but on the other part. But to get to the top we would have had to go down and then back up again, and it was too late in the day to do that. So I told Alex I wanted to make it up to the top (it really is not that hard a climb), so off we went.
We had done the upper half of the Royal Mile yesterday, up toward the Castle. Now we were walking the other way, down toward the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
We took the more difficult, and more interesting, Radical Road up Arthur's Seat, along the Salisbury Crags. The Radical Road was built by unemployed weavers in the 1820s at the suggestion of Sir Walter Scott. The modern building on the left in this photo is the new Scottish Parliament building. Very modern. On the right is the palace.
The view from about halfway up the stairs. I think we must have gone up to the top of Salisbury Crag when I was with the group from the Youth Hostel, so we would have made it to the top of the ridge in this photo. I will have to check my photo album from that trip when I get home.
It was windy at the top. I put the coat back on. But we made it to the top, so I can now check that off a very old list of things to do. Thanks Alex. And the views really are amazing. I would love to go back up any time!
And an unfortunate name:
The food was pretty good.