On our last day in Edinburgh Isaac and I hiked to Arthur’s Seat. The forecast from the previous day had predicted clear skies and lots of sun, so I thought climbing up to such a beautiful spot would be the perfect way to end our stay in Scotland. As you can probably tell, that is definitely NOT the weather we got! Towards the beginning of our hike it was just very overcast and grey, and a little on the cold side. Fast forward 30 minutes and it began to start raining. Fast forward another 15 minutes close to the top of the hill and the rain turned to massive snowflakes! This was not normal snow. The snow flakes were so big that if felt like they were pelting us!
The pictures really don’t do justice to how difficult this “path” is to climb, especially when it’s wet and slippery. Towards the beginning things were pretty great because the start of the path we chose was paved, and then it turned to a clearly defined gravel path. But close to the top the path got very steep and slippery, and it was less of a path and more of a “find your own way” by climbing up clusters of rocks. Not surprisingly, by the time we actually reached Arthur’s Seat we were sweating from the climb and our jackets were actually soaked from the rain and snow. We probably stayed up there for 15 mins before we began to freeze and decide that we better start navigating our way back down. By the time we finished, my coat was soaked, and so was my shirt and undershirt under that! We ended up going to a cafe so I could get some tea to warm up (and steal Isaac’s sweatshirt that somehow managed to stay completely dry 🙂 ). I must say, one of my favorite things about the UK in general is that there is just an endless number of cafes that sell amazing tea and scones. Scones are officially my new favorite baked good.
You might have noticed that I chose to climb a muddy mountain in stark white sneakers. No, this was not the plan. I was originally planning to pack my Nike running shoes for this exact purpose, but the struggle of packing a suitcase for 3 weeks in the winter (hello bulky sweaters) meant that it was my sneakers or my pretty white shoes. You can see where my priorities lie. 🙂 I did get a couple of comments from other hikers about my footwear choice (all with smiles), but I think I did a pretty good job of keeping them clean, and I managed not to fall even once (though I did come VERY close several times, quite scary)!
Visiting Arthur’s Seat was really the perfect way to end this portion of our trip. The views are indescribable. I felt like I was on top of the world. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city (Isaac’s favorite of all we visited!), and seeing the city from this view was totally breathtaking.0