Rising above the city to a height of 251 m (823 ft), Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. It is the largest part of the remains of a 350 million years old volcano.
The hill is often mentioned as one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur. Its name came from the Gaelic name “Àrd-na-Said” which means “Height of Arrows”.
Climbing the hill without technical difficulty and popular with hikers is possible from all directions, but easiest from the east, from where it crosses a meadow. There is an observation deck on the summit, from which a magnificent view of the city opens. Scotland’s law allows “wild” tent camping on most unenclosed land. However, staying overnight in Holyrood Park, specifically camping and overnight parking, is not permitted under the Park Regulations Act (1971).
Arthur’s Seat and nearby Salisbury Crags have played an important role in the development of modern geology. It was in these areas that the 18th-century Scottish geologist James Hutton observed that the deposition of sediment and the formation of igneous rocks must have occurred at different times and as a result of different processes.
The scenic Arthur’s Seat is about 1.5 km (1 mi) east of the actual city center but is surrounded by the residential area of the city of Edinburgh and its suburbs. It is part of Holyrood Park, a green oasis with the royal residential palace Holyrood Palace.
Old European cities like Edinburgh, built on the hills, are the most beautiful for me as a traveler because they are not boring to the eyes, body, and soul. While on holiday in Edinburgh for two weeks, I had climbed Arthur’s Seat several times. The stunning northern landscape, which can be seen from the top of the hill, is enchanting.
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