Top of the world in Edinburgh

HDR on the way up to Arthur's Seat with Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth in the background.
HDR on the way up to Arthur's Seat with Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth in the background.

A crisp frosty brilliant day. I dropped The Principal off at a conference near Hollyrood and drove around the park, stopping in Duddingston village to take a few photos of the church and the loch. A police diver was getting ready to do something with the loch - I hope it was not connected with the notice I saw for a man who went missing  in the vicinity back in October.

This part of town was all new to me and I rushed back to the flat to get some more clothes, boots and my camera. I then returned and walked up to the top of Arthur's Seat. Blimey. What a genius idea to put a big rock and wild park in the middle of Edinburgh.

I was amazed at the number of people at the top or going up. And the footwear. One tourist had even struggled up there with his suitcase. Another bloke bare chesting it.

I went down the steep stepped path on the south-ish side and then along the top of Salisbury Crags. Fabulous views of the town, the parliament, Hollyrood Palace.

Long shadows from Arthur's Seat.
Long shadows from Arthur's Seat.
People watching people watching people, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.
People watching people watching people, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.
Last seed heads catching the sun on the backslope of Salisbury Crags - yarrow?
Last seed heads catching the sun on the backslope of Salisbury Crags - yarrow?
Shadow tartan on the Preston field Golf Club - are these old runrig patterns in the low sun?
Shadow tartan on the Preston field Golf Club - are these old runrig patterns in the low sun?
350 million year old rock with harder stones picked out by weathering on the south side of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.
350 million year old rock with harder stones picked out by weathering on the south side of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.
Back view of Arthur's Seat from the north.
Back view of Arthur's Seat from the north.
The Scottish Parliament from Salisbury Crags.
The Scottish Parliament from Salisbury Crags.
Hollyrood Palace from Salisbury Crags.
Hollyrood Palace from Salisbury Crags.
View of the Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh from Salisbury Crags.
View of the Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh from Salisbury Crags.
Calton Hill, Hollyrood Palace and one man and his dog, Einburgh.
Calton Hill, Hollyrood Palace and one man and his dog, Einburgh.
Hollyrood Palace windows.
Hollyrood Palace windows.
People come and go. Arthur's Seat in late November sun.
People come and go. Arthur's Seat in late November sun.

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