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Arthur's Seat -

An Ascent with a Sight




There it is - almost within our grasp. Edinburgh actually is the town of seven mounds and this one looks most interesting. It's not really known why it is named Arthur's Seat. Rumour has it that it is somehow connected with King Arthur and Camelot. Other rumours say that the name is of Gaelic origin: Ard-na Said - "the height of arrows".

First we go along the High Street and Blair Street to Cowgate.

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Ay, Harry Potter - cows just cannot apparate... 

Kühe können einfach nicht apparieren

We leave the cows to their fate and go via... 

Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park, also named Queen's Park or King's Park, depending on who was just ruling. 

Queen's Park or King's Park

I wonder: Will this be such a slog as to Sandwood Bay?

Edinburgh von oben

No, it isn't. As it is, the view begins to be interesting. 

Nelson Monument

Carlton Hill with the Nelson monument in the background. 

Volcanic rock - Arthur's Seat is of volcanic origin. 

Vulkangestein - Arthur’s Seat

An exciting sight - unfortunately a little misty.

Volcanic rock - the lava dome has an age of 300 to 360 million years. 

Did already Merlin the Magic mount these steps? 

Edinburgh Castle

And over there? Famous Edinburgh Castle. 

Arthur’s Seat

The highlight of the walk: 

höhste Punkt Edinburghs

Do step onto this and you reached the highest point of Edinburgh!  

Firth of Forth

Somewhere over there is the Firth of Forth...

City of Edinburgh

... and 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 slowly down again.

St Anthony's Chapel

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

Nelson Monument

One last glance into the distance, 

St Margaret's Loch

and we reach St Margaret's Loch at the end of our wonderful outing.