Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Read about that time when we discovered Edinburgh's extinct volcano..
We love Edinburgh because of its proximity to wilder landscapes, but this year we’ve been forced to look more closely than ever at the green spaces within the city itself. And there’s one in particular that is pretty hard to miss… an extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat…
For first time visitors I’d go as far to say that if you are able, a trip to Arthurs Seat and the Crags is unmissable. But whether you’re a local or a tourist there are so many routes up/down/around you can always find something new. It’s within walking distance of the city centre, literally at the end of the Royal Mile and the panoramic views from the Firth of Forth, spanning the city to the Pentland Hills are stunning. The summit and views whilst you’re climbing up offer fantastic spots to get your bearing of the city, you can spot most major landmarks and it really puts the urban environment in its place. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the ground roots of a city, someone, somewhere, a long time ago put down the first brick/rock/mud pile and although they grow and change over time, nature isn’t far over the boundary.
Whether it is the otter in Dunsapie loch, the waterbirds on Duddingston Loch, the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel, or the rare patches of Scottish sunlight moving through the glen, the fact there is a 650-acre area in the middle of a capital city is pretty cool. Did you know Holyrood Park itself is actually a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its geological and botanical features and species?
So while we’re waiting for the greenlight on adventures further afield, we’ll stop complaining and make the most of getting to know our home patch.