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Arthur's Seat

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  • Day9

    Back at the Scotsman

    April 23 in the United Kingdom

    After all of our train, bus riding and walking and walking we are back at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh. We have a different room but it feels like “home”. After we get a bite to eat we settle in to finish the blog and pack.

  • Day124

    Day 124: More Edinburgh

    June 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Not quite as busy today, but still a lot happening! Out of the house fairly early again, heading directly for the castle this time and without Schnitzel in tow. Rather than do the 30-40 minute walk, we opted for a bus instead which was fairly quick and painless.

    Very busy at the castle even though we arrived within 20 minutes of opening, lots of groups and a long queue at the ticket office (30 minutes!). After going in we did a free guided walk around the castle since it covers a fairly large area and has quite a few different bits to check out - good to get an overview first.

    Great views across the city and a good sense of history, though most of the buildings again aren't that old. Mostly from the 15th century although a fort has existed there in some shape or another since essentially the bronze age. Visited most of the stuff up there, including the Scottish War Memorial, the (Scottish) Crown Jewels including the Stone of Scone, the smallest room in the palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI (later James I of England, who inherited his throne from his aunt Queen Elizabeth I).

    Also checked out the dungeons, the Dragoon Guards museum and a couple of other things as well. But around lunchtime we decided we'd mostly exhausted the place, and it was very crowded which didn't help. Lots of shuffling through rooms in a long queue. Headed down the hill back towards the bus stop, where we grabbed some sandwiches at the Marks & Spencer food hall and ate in one of the parks. Lots of parkland in this area which is nice!

    Hopped on a bus back to our apartment where we chilled out for a couple of hours then headed out again, this time with Schnitzel. Our destination this time was Arthur's Seat, a rocky outcrop above the city with fantastic views, and conveniently located not far from our apartment. It's only 250m high and a 60 minute walk, but it was still reasonably tough going what with the constant climbing.

    Eventually we made it, and were rewarded with great views of Edinburgh and a bunch of noisy Spanish schoolchildren. Finally they left and we were left in peace to take some photos and finish filming, though wind noise made it very difficult.

    Back down to our apartment where we grabbed 2-for-1 pizzas at the nearby pub and then headed home, ready to head into the countryside of Scotland!
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  • Day3

    Arthur´s Seat

    September 29, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Der Arthur´s Seat ist ein inaktiver Vulkan und liegt direkt am Rande von Old Town und ist zu Fuß gut erreichbar.
    Man vergisst direkt dass man sich eigentlich inmitten einer Stadt befindet.

    Es gibt 2 Aufstiege. Der schwierigere ist der rechte (wenn man davor steht und vom Parlament kommt). Der einfachere der linke.
    Man muss allerdings für beide gut zu Fuß sein und sollte feste Schuhe an haben.
    Der Aufstieg dauert ungefähr 30-45 Minuten.
    Es gibt 2 Plattformen - unbedingt bis ganz nach oben!!
    Die Strapazen lohnen sich!!!
    Sobald man oben angekommen ist wird mit mit einer wunschönen Aussicht über Edinburgh und das Meer entschädigt.

    Vorsicht: wenn es regnet oder gefroren ist kann es extrem rutschig werden.
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  • Day16

    Arthur's Seat

    September 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Headed up to Arthur's Seat today. Walked through cute little lanes, and a beautiful park to reach the base.

    Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano that's basically been left untouched (which is very cool). It's often been mentioned as the possible location of Camelot - hence the name.

    It was a steep climb at times, but fun to try and scramble up the rocks. There were some tracks, but otherwise you could just walk wherever - no signs or rangers telling you to be safe, just common sense. Quite nice in a way. Only had to backtrack once going down (would've been fine going up that part). Views were definitely worth the climb. Made sure to check out the ruins of St Anthony's chapel on the way up too.

    So a decent walk up and down, and the weather was ideal for it too. Then wandered on trying to find food. Settled on cheap sandwiches to eat at home. And some delicious local shortbread from Pinnies & Poppyseeds too.

    Checked out Joy and Lloyd's old place here too, and grabbed some dinner from Edinburgh's first Indian restaurant (yum).

    Tomorrow to the castle and museum!
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  • Day18

    Edinburgh

    August 8, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Unser Besuch startete mit der Besichtigung der royalen Ausflugsyacht Britannia. Die Unterkünfte und der Speisesaal der Queen waren beeindruckend. Nach dem Erklimmen der Burg hatten wir noch die Freude, dass in Edinburgh eine Kleinkunstfestival abgehalten wurde. Alle paar Meter konnte man Künstler und Artisten zuschauen oder in eine der Festivalherbergen untertauchen.

  • Day1

    Weekend in Edinburgh

    September 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    My first trip to Scotland and where better to start that on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. I took a walk past the shortbread and tartan shops and visited The Real Mary King Close, an underground old town of narrow streets and houses, where our costumed guide took us round and recreated what life was like for the people who lived here. It was a bit touristy but I was feeling like a tourist today. After taking a tour of Holyrood House I decided to tackle Arthur's Seat, the hill which is adjacent to Holyrood. It was a beautiful sunny day and I could see people high up the hill, but it was a steep climb and so I opted for a walk around the lower slopes, enjoying the view over Edinburgh. Lots of families were out enjoying the weather; it was a really lovely spot.Read more

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