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Jul 08 2019
Daytripper
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Arthur's Seat (Edinburgh-Scotland)Europe, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2019
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Hiking2.75 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.54 mph
673 ft AEG
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Had done this one before , the last time by walking to it from near the Waverley train station , my son had not done this one so while touring Edinburgh we decided to add in this short hike. In fact this time we parked in the Holyrood Park lot so we could tour the palace first and then hike up to Arthur’s Seat. We did get a light rain on the way down but as it was a relatively good weather day for Scotland it was crowded. Though short it can be a good workout if you try to go at a fast pace and it does reward with great views of Edinburgh . This time I even chose the correct way to go and again noticed the ice cream truck in the parking lot is still doing good business. Still no restrooms or portable toilets,surprising for such a large park, closest are the ones by the palace. Later we walked the Royal Mile and found an excellent restaurant, Makars Gourmet Mash Bar on north Bank St.
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Mar 26 2014
kingsnake
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Arthur's Seat (Edinburgh-Scotland)Europe, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2014
kingsnake
Hiking5.04 Miles 1,238 AEG
Hiking5.04 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.48 mph
1,238 ft AEG
 
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GPS gave me a reading of 5.48 miles and 1346 AEG. Haz gave me a 5.04 miles, but no AEG, as it does not yet support Ordnance Survey maps. ;) So, figuring the AEG is most likely off, I rounded it down by the same percentage as the distance, .9197, to give a "true" 1238 AEG. Not that big a difference, but don't want to unfairly threaten imike's AEG totals. :D

My extra distance on the hike is due to walking to & from our hotel on Bridge St. It was only a mile, and would result in more exercise, and maybe I would see some cool stuff in the Old Town, and besides no way was I driving in Scotland. Especially in those narrow streets. You really got to watch out, whether you are driving (for other drivers, or pedestrians suddenly jaywalking) or when you are walking (for drivers whipping around corners -- and remember: Always Look Right!). Also, difference in distance due to taking a slightly different route, once I actually got to the park.

I started a little after 7:00 a.m., walking down Canongate, which is a continuation by another name of High St., but on the east side of Bridge St. It's called The Royal Mile as it ends at the roundabout in front of Holyrood Palace. Then it was a few hundred feet south on Horse Wynd, past the Scottish Parliament to Holyrood Park. This is when I discovered I had left my water behind. :doh: The Tesco Express-type shops -- think QT minus the gas pumps -- were not open at that hour, and no way was I wasting an hour round trip returning to the hotel, as we had Edinburgh Castle yet to do that day, so I soldiered on. It was cold, which helped keep water loss down, but on the other hand it was sunny. As sunny as it got our whole trip. Also, it was windy, which increases water loss. Or at least thirst.

When I got to the park I discovered two things: 1) There is no "gents" (i.e. bathroom) in the parking area :scared: , or up in the park. The park's big enough, with enough bushes, that you should be able to find a private spot. Just careful of the pricklers. ;) And 2) Radical Rd. was closed off. (It is a path of broken pavement that passes below the Salisbury Crags on the way up to Arthurs Seat.) Must be common, as it was closed when Chumley was there three years ago.

So, instead I headed east up the well-defined path to St. Anthony's Chapel. About two hundred yards before I got there, I diverted left, off path, in favor of scrambling up the small bluff. Easy stuff, but I didn't want to just stroll.

After the chapel, rather than turn south along the path like Chumley did, I continued east, travelling from high point to high point along the ridge which forms the east border of the park's "bowl", Whinny Hill (see posted route). Eventually my route brought me to a point directly east of Arthurs Seat, just above the Dunsapie Loch car park. The climb up to the summit was moderately steep; no big deal.

Awesome views from the summit! :y:

After much picture and video taking, I headed south off Arthurs Seat to a saddle. I had noticed a crack in the cliff, and wondered if there might be a safe way down. Turns out there was a faint foot path and, though steep, it did not look dangerous, so over I went. Basically, my route down the crack parallels Chumley's switchbacks, but 75 yards north of the maintained trail. I only slipped twice; no damage. :D Got to the bottom, where the drainage meets Chumley's switchbacks, then headed up the Salisbury Crags.

On the way I followed a dog, nimbly avoiding his attempt at a urinary diversion. : rambo : As I travelled north along the cliff, I saw guys hanging off the edge throwing knocking rocks off. I guess the maintenance crew explains the "Do Not Enter" at the base of Radical Rd. I followed the cliff northeast, and gradually downwards, and honestly that was the slipperiest part of the hike, as it was wet grass.

Got to the bottom okay, headed north up Holyrood Gait, then west on Holyrood Rd. stopping at the first Tesco Express I saw to guzzle two quick Lucozades. :sweat: Cut through the St. John Street wynd back to Canongate, then uphill back to my hotel.

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Hike Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZSD9BLTS3s ... autoplay=1

p.s. I haven't heard anybody comment on my videos that I recall. Are they that awful? :D
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Jul 15 2011
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Arthur's Seat (Edinburgh-Scotland)Europe, WW
Europe, WW
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2011
chumley
Hiking2.75 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   3 Hrs      0.92 mph
673 ft AEG
 
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Awesome day in Holyrood Park above Edinburgh. First of all, let's start with pronouncing Edinburgh ... it's definitely not a BURG! More like a borough/boro, but add a scottish accent and it's more like Edin-burrah, where the burrah is a single syllable sound that almost comes out simply as "bruh". Try not to sound like a tourist, ok?

I had done some research and found lots of incomplete or contradictory information on this hike which is part of why I decided to put a detailed description here on HAZ. I hope people find it and it helps them enjoy their trip more.

I was lucky to begin with in that the day was sunny and dry, but there are myriad options of trails to choose from, and it was a bit confusing to decide. In the end, I'm very happy with the route I chose, and I'd recommend it to any visitor. Check my GPS route to help see where I went. The only poor decision I made was that at the very end I descended straight down to the trailhead on a very steep drainage that was not really a trail and was a little bit hairy. It would have been easier to stick to the ridge and head back toward the lower section of paved trail that the hike began on.

Typical of Scotland, as I approached the peak, a rain shower moved in along with some impressively strong and cold wind. Actually, it was quite miserable for about 15 minutes. I had my backpack and a rain jacket with me, so I just clothed up and layed down on a hillside to protect me from the wind. When the rain cleared, I could see another shower coming in from the south, and figured I only had an hour or so to get to the bar, uh, I mean hostel ;) . Despite the intermittent weather, the trail never got too wet, but I can easily see it being a muddy mess up here, which would make footing crazy.

There's a lot of cliffs and steep drops, which is part of the beauty of the place, but it does require a bit of respect and thought as you go along. Especially if you are enjoying the vistas, it's easy to forget to watch where you are stepping.

My only regret was that I didn't bring a snack and a beverage in my pack as it would have been nice to spend a half hour up there enjoying the view.

Great City. Great Hike. Great day. Will definitely spend an afternoon here next time I visit.
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