Arthur's Seat -

Ascent with a View


There it is - almost within grasp. Edinburgh after all is the town of seven mounds and this one looks especially interesting. It's not really known why it is called Arthur's Seat. The saying goes that there is some connection to King Arthur and Camelot. Another saying originates it to the Gaelic "Ard-na Said" = the height of arrows.


First we walk down High Street and Blair Street to the Cowgate.


Well, Harry Potter, cows cannot simply apparate...

Kühe können einfach nicht apparieren

We leave the cows to their fate and reach...

Holyrood Park

...Holyrood Park, also called Queen's Park or King's Park, depending on who just was in the lead.

Queen's Park or King's Park

I wonder if this will be a slog like to Sandwood Bay...

Edinburgh von oben

...but it certainly is not. The view is getting interesting.

Nelson Monument

Carlton Hill with the Nelson Monument in the background.


Volcanic rock - Arthur's Seat once has been a volcano.

Vulkangestein - Arthur’s Seat

Quite a view to Edinburgh - unfortunately a little misty.


The lava top has an age of 300 to 360 million years.



Did Merlin walk these steps? Edinburgh Castle


And over there? Indeed, the famous Edinburgh Castle.

Arthur’s Seat

We get to the highlight.

höhste Punkt Edinburghs

Just step onto this stone and you are the highest point of Edinburgh!

Firth of Forth

Somewhere over there is the Firth of Forth...

City of Edinburgh

...and down here the City of Edinburgh.

Hangman's Rock und links das Duddingston Loch

Hangman's Rock to the right and Duddingston Loch to the left.

And now slowly downhill again.

St Anthony's Chapel

St. Anthony's Chapel, built sometime in the 15th century.

Nelson Monument

One last glance into the distance...

St Margaret's Loch

... then we reach St Margaret's Loch and finish this nice outing.

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