If you have ever seen and loved Cavehill in Belfast, you will be equally enchanted with Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Perched right in the middle of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is the highest hill in an ancient formation of volcanic rock that graces the city’s skyline.
The walk to the top is easy and the reward is worth every step, affording the visitor spectacular views of central Edinburgh and of the basalt cliffs that lie between. Part of a surprisingly wild region known as Holyrood Park, the area features three lakes, including Dunsapie loch and a bird reserve. This is the best place to start the easiest of the trails that climb up Arthur’s Seat.
Humans inhabited these areas thousands of years ago and for the amateur archeologist, the traces of the 600 A.D. earthwork defenses of the Iron Age Votadini people will be an intensely intereseting discovery.
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a trip to the top of Arthur’s Seat.