nature in the city
At the end of February, on a sunny afternoon when I’d had enough of sitting at my desk, I headed into Edinburgh with Harris for a walk at Arthur’s Seat. Situated within Holyrood Park, a 640-acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano, and if you want to gain a panoramic view of the city, this is the place to go.
We started our walk at St Margaret’s Loch - you can see the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel in the background.
I’m sure that I remember this spot as a boating loch from my childhood, but now St Margaret’s Loch is home to a large population of bird life, including the resident swans.
I used to do this walk regularly years ago when I’d come here at weekends to clear my head and ‘get out the city’, because once here you can forget that you’re still in Edinburgh, particularly when walking in this valley between Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags (on the cover).
The views from the top of Arthur’s Seat are amazing and it’s worth the climb if you’re a visitor here - and feeling energetic!
Harris and I weren’t planning to embrace an uphill walk though. We found ourselves this little rocky spot, tucked away slightly from the paths, and settled to enjoy the view and the gentle warmth from this late winter sunshine.
Yep, we decided, this was good. The light was beautiful.
We headed back along a different path as the sun was setting behind Salisbury Crags, the light constantly shifting. It was beautiful. Bear in mind this was back in February, when the days were still shorter, and after months of gloomy, grey-skied walks. So this felt particularly special.
My best walking buddy.
On a clear day, you can see all the way over the Firth of Forth to the hills of Fife in the distance.
And if at the end of this walk you’re desperate for some caffeine and a bite to eat, I can recommend Hendersons on Holyrood Road. Vegan and vegetarian, relaxed atmosphere, great food, and dog-friendly. And very close - if you head in the direction of Dynamic Earth, you’ll find it.
February 27 2019 shot on iPhone