What I love about Edinburgh is that even though it’s a big city filled with tons of people, a maze of streets to get lost on, and double-decker buses and cars that can run you over at any given moment, there are always places to escape to if you feel like you need to get away from the sometimes overwhelming hustle and bustle of city life. One of these places is Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano located in the middle of the city. Arthurs’s seat is a popular hiking destination for both locals and tourists alike, not only because of the amazing panoramic views you get of the whole city from the top of the hill, but because of the intriguing legends surrounding it. A popular one is that the hill was once the home of King Arthur and his knights which sheds some light on the origin story of the name “Arthur’s Seat”.
No matter the reason for visiting this mystical landmark, whether that is simply for the views or to be a bit more ambitious and look for some some hidden treasures from Camelot, climbing up Arthur’s Seat is definitely worth it. I just so happened to give this place a visit with some friends on a somewhat chilly late September morning in the hopes of catching a good sunrise. As someone who is not a morning person no matter how hard I try, I was hesitant to wake up at 5 AM that day, but I am so glad I did. Not only was the hike up absolutely gorgeous, the view from the hill looked like a Bob Ross painting come to life. The weather up there was super cold and windy, but I was blown away in more ways in one. I was in awe of not only the nature but the somewhat haunting realisation of how much history Arthur’s Seat held. On the way up, my
friends and I stumbled upon old castle ruins that looked as if they could withstand time itself. Everything was tranquil and quiet, much unlike the constant buzzing of the city below, whose buildings looked like the size of legos from the height of Arthur’s Seat.
My favourite part of the hike was the sunrise, hands down. The best view of it was from the top. Up there the cold seemed to claw its way under my skin, wind threatened to blow my friends and I off the cliff, but none of that mattered because of how beautiful everything was. Seeing the sun just barely peek above the horizon along with the complex array of colour painting the whole sky made having to wake up early well worth it. After watching the rest of the world wake up for a few moments, my friends and I made our way back down Arthur’s Seat feeling both inspired and very ready for some coffee. All in all I’d recommend this hike for anyone interested in connecting with nature, getting away from the city for a bit, or just needing some inspiration.