The next day was perfect for hiking up Arthur’s Seat. The sun was shining and it wasn’t windy. The guide books have described Arthur’s Seat as an easy hike, which encouraged me to give it a go up the extinct volcano. When we were at Holyrood Palace, we had noticed people hiking along the top of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. It looked like fun, and I imagined the views would be amazing.
As @Thorperoo and I approached Arthur’s Seat, my nerves began to waken. The grass covered former volcano looked a bit more vertical than I had expected. I shook off my doubt when I noticed a family with children who were excited and dashed ahead of their parents. Okay, if little children can do this, so can i…right?
Arthur’s Seat looked like a rock covered with thick moss. It was somewhat surreal to see the grass covered extinct volcano in front of us. It looked intimidating from a distance but as we got closer, I realized that the task of hiking up Arthur’s seat would be more daunting than intimidating. I was not anticipating walking on narrow and uneven paths along the edge of the extinct volcano.
There was a narrow and uneven stone path that provided a trail for hillwalkers. The narrow path changed from dirt to stone and gravel and would at times run along the edge of the extinct volcano. Though the initial hike was not difficult, I was getting warm as we progressed higher and higher.
Somewhere along the 2/3’s mark, the hike became a bit precarious, and required me to use more than just my feet to continue. Luckily, @Thorperoo was with me, and extended his hand to help me up. Quite honestly, I don’t think I would have made it to the top without his help. We eventually reached a plateau before we continue to the top.
Reaching the summit required a bit more climbing but it wasn’t as precarious. We eventually made it to the top, and I was relieved! The views from Arthur’s Seat were amazing on such a clear and bright day. We could see as far away as the other side of The Firth of Forth. It was exhilarating to be on top!
Heading down from Arthur’s Seat We took a different route, which was gradual and relatively easy. The ground and grass was plush and soft, making the walk a bit bouncy.
I couldn’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we reached the base of Arthur’s Seat. I conquered a volcano, albeit an extinct one, and reached 250.5 meters in height. And I think I took some decent photos. I was happy.