Small Mountain Hikes

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By: Emily Lovasz

After our eventful day on Sunday with visiting CodeClan and Edinburgh Castle, our group decided to end the day with a hike up to Arthur’s Seat. This was not an actual seat but a set of cliffs and hills set in Holyrood Park. After about a 20 minute walk from our flats, we started our hike up the side of the hill.

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The rocky and uneven trail wrapped around the side of the hill and as soon as we started our ascent up the hill, it began to rain. However, the trail descended into a small valley until we were even with the houses below again and it stopped raining, giving our group the perfect weather to finish our climb. But it wasn’t over. The trail turned and we eventually started a climb back up the second hill in the park. There were steep, stone steps that wound up the side, back and forth until they evened out and we had a chance to catch our breaths.

There was a small overlook of the city below us and we stopped to take in the beauty. Most of the group quickly moved on to continue the hike up, but Rohan and I decided to keep looking. After, we didn’t want to continue up the steps, so we took the trail to the side of them, up the side of the hill. It was steep and rocks slipped under my shoes, but we finally made it to the top of it.

We then only had a quick walk over to the final hill that we had to climb and then a small ascent up and we were at the top of Arthur’s Seat. It was very windy and it felt like I was going to be blown off of the rocks, but nonetheless, the views were spectacular.

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We had a 360 degree view of the city, the water and the surrounding hills of the park. It was definitely worth the climb all the way to the top. There was a stone pedestal sticking out of the rocks with a brass compass plaque on the top. A few brave souls decided to stand up on the top of it, even in the wind. I was one of them. Even though it was scary to  stand on the top of the stone, it was definitely something I had to do. It was peaceful at the top of the hill and away from the city and I felt like I could sit up there all day.

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