On our last afternoon in Edinburgh I dropped my travel buddy off at Arthur’s Seat – I was too much a coward to do the walk to the top! – and went for a walk to Greyfriars Kirkyard before we met up again for dinner at a delightful, posh vegetarian restaurant.
The sun shone and the icecream vans were out, despite Edinburgh’s chilly winds making it a bit cool. So here I am at the foot of the Salisbury Crags, in a jumper, eating soft-serve with a flake. Delicious.
Love eating icecream on cool days
The volcanic landscape of Edinburgh dominates any walk around the city, but the Crags and the peak of Arthur’s Seat are particularly stunning. It’s hard to capture the scale of them when you’re standing at the bottom, but people are soon dwarfed as they climb the paths.
Compare the size of the people in the bottom right and the top right and you can get a sense of how big the landscape is
I love the shape of Arthur’s Seat. The funny thing was any time you saw it, there were tiny black dots on the top… there are always people up there checking out the view!
The yellow gorse was flowering everywhere during the early part of our trip
The short way I did walk gave me great views of the city and of the back of Holyrood Palace and the ruined Abbey beside it.
We didn’t visit Holyrood Palace itself and when I saw this view of the Abbey I was almost sad we hadn’t!
After wandering back down to Holyrood Road I followed it up to the University where I bumped into part of the Flodden Wall. This dates from the 1600s and I always find it amazing when walls like this survive in modern cities.
I also love the bit of art on the utility box to the right
There are wonderful contrasts of old and new in that part of the city.
Then I reached Greyfriars. Sadly the church was closed for a function, but the graveyard was serene in the sunshine.
The churchyard with Edinburgh Castle just visible beyond the treeline
Being a bit of dog lover, I did get a kick out of the story of Greyfriars Bobby and his loyalty to his master. That people enjoy getting photographed next to his little statue is nice, but I thought it was sweet how many leave sticks for him.
Once I left Greyfriars, I had a sudden laughing moment as I looked up and found an Aussie pub showing AFL football!
We do get around!
It was sad to leave Edinburgh in a way. We’d loved walking the city and we’d had amazing weather, but I was pleased to finish by exploring some of the oldest streets.