Arthur’s Seat – The Volcano in Edinburgh

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If you are heading to Edinburgh, then you are going to be well aware of just how impressive this city really is. Steeped in history, there is much to see and do, but one of the best things to do when in Edinburgh is to visit Arthur’s Seat.

Arthurs Seat extinct volcano

This amazing sight is located in Holyrood Park and can be found at the end of the Royal mile. Believe it or not, this grass covered hill is an extinct volcano that last erupted 350 million years ago. At its highest point, it reaches an impressive 251m, so, as you can imagine, there are many impressive views of the city once you get to the top. Here you can also view the site of a significant fort that has been preserved, dating back some 2000 years. This is a place that is of interest to scientists due to its geology as well as the diverse range of flora.

While the origins of its name is fairly unknown, many believe that it forms a connection between King Arthur and the city of Edinburgh. There are many myths and stories surrounding this magical place but it is certainly worth a visit.

View of Arthur's seat

The Arthurs Seat Walk

If you have plans to head to the summit, then you can choose from a couple of options. The easier route is to walk the Salisbury Crags but if you wand a more dramatic walk with impressive views then you should climb to the summit. The walk to the top can be rather strenuous but it begins at Holyrood Palace. Once here, you can take a one of two trails when facing the Salisbury Crags. The trail to the left will enable you to ascend to Arthur’s Peak. After a few minutes of your Arthur’s seat walk, the trail will fork, so take a left and continue your climb to the top of this magnificent place.

View of Edinburgh from Arthur's seat

Once you get to the top, you will be met with stunning panoramic views making the trek a worthwhile effort. After you have soaked up the views, you then get to enjoy the downhill walk back.

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