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Arthur’s Seat

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Well my training for the Nevis hike was back in full swing today with a 13km walk to work and back. It include a lap of Arthur’s Seat, which turned out to be a bit of a challenge as all the melting snow had turn to ice. If only I’d taken my skates!

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (823.5 feet) and provides excellent panoramic views. Even though it’s was cold and icy, there is something special about being up Arthur’s Seat when it’s dark. You get the most amazing views of a street lit city of Edinburgh, all in total silence apart from the occasional dog walker.

Arthur's Seat

Walk in the park

Monday, May 4th, 2009

No, I don’t mean re-designing my website.  I’m actually going to make the most of the bank holiday today and go for a walk in the park.  Living in Scotland means you are never to far from the countryside.  In less than half an hour you can be out of Edinburgh and miles from all the people, traffic and roadworks.

Dalkeith Country Park is on the outskirts of Edinburgh and includes an excellent adventure playground with lots of slides, aerial walkways and zip-lines.  It’s a shame I might be a little too old (and heavy) to be allowed on them but I’m sure my niece and nephew will make up for that.

http://walking.visitscotland.com/walks/centralscotland/dalkeith-country-park