– When we first moved to Edinburgh, Paul would call Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh, ‘Devil’s Peak’! It made me laugh every time he said it.
I can see the connection though, as Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh has a definite presence in Edinburgh. I still admire it with awe. While I travel around the city, I turn a corner and it suddenly appears – Edinburgh’s extinct volcano bursting out of the ground in all of its glory. *Simply Stunning* It is no wonder Arthur’s Seat has won many awards for “top attraction” in Edinburgh.
Trivia: Did you know, there is an “Arthur’s Seat” on the south coast of Victoria, Australia about 85km south of Melbourne? It was named by Acting Lieutenant John Murray when he entered Port Phillip Bay on HMS Lady Nelson (1798) in February 1802, for an apparent resemblance to the hill of Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh (which was his home city).
For the nature lover this is a definite must and Barony House is perfectly positioned to start your hike to the top. We’re so close you can be up to the summit and back down in time for our delicious breakfast! (What better way to burn off that pain au chocolat :P)
The Salisbury Crags:
This photo below shows off the famous “Salisbury Crags”. Despite how it looks, this is a far easier climb than going to the summit of Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh itself. It is a a very wide path, gentle slop and on your way down you get an excellent view of Holyrood Palace.
You can also see the map above where it is clearly labelled “The Salisbury Crags” and you can see how this leads straight to Holyrood Palace.
We have another photo below showing the view of Holyrood Palace from The Salisbury Crags. We took all these photos ourselves:
More Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh Pics:
If you descend from here, you can turn right at the bottom and arrive at Holyrood Palace! Read about our visit HERE:
Secret attraction near Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh:
After reaching the top, you can hike back down the other side to explore Duddingston Village. Here, you will find a secret garden called Dr. Neil’s Garden. It is tucked away behind the old church and has magnificent views of a loch. With many swans swimming in front of you, you can relax on a comfy bench seat. There are lots of paths to explore and a lovely little bridge over a small man made pond. Above all, this is a perfect photo stop!
Finally, you can enjoy a Pint in The Sheep’s Heid. The Sheep’s Heid is the oldest pub in Scotland, est in 1360. It is the only pub visited by The Queen!
From Duddingston Village, you can easily catch the number 21 bus back to Barony House Bed and Breakfast, Hotels in Edinburgh. Finally, the trip back costs a local bus fare of £1.80 per adult at the time of writing this post.
Book now at Barony House 5* Bed and Breakfast, Hotels Edinburgh and we will be sure to help you with directions / maps and advice. Overall, we want to enhance your next vacation to Edinburgh!