Some nature in the heart of Edinburgh; Arthur’s Seat. It’s in Holyrood Park, near Holyrood Palace, which is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It’s an ancient volcano about 250m above sea level. So, it’s not a long walk but it’s a big steep hill basically. Although there were small children and mad ladies in flip flops heading up there, I was struggling slightly. I am quite unfit these days though, and the torrential rain had finally stopped and the hot sun came out which didn’t actually help.
On our first approach we had the choice of a long more gentle slope or the steep shorter one, we chose the horrid one to go up and the gentle one to come down on. There were some lovely views over Edinburgh, and the sea as we went up. And lots of tourists, as was the general theme of Edinburgh while we were there. In fact, we could see Arthur’s Seat from pretty much everywhere whilst we walked around Edinburgh all week and there were always little figures visible on the top.
Boyfriend has decreed that we are not allowed to take two foreign holidays in a year. We went to the USA in April (and I am going to Latvia with mum in October), so our summer jolly had to be in the UK. London was on the cards for a while, but we decided to head away further north to Edinburgh. Annoyingly, London is enjoying a heat wave and Edinburgh is not but the tickets are booked. Also it means we can see my sister and niece who live in Glasgow.
So, I headed out today and picked up a new rucksack (actually three!) to take with me. I bought the Blacks City 30, which is a 30L rucksack designed for travel and commuting rather than hiking. And it was in the sale.
You can see what I was able to fit into it, and now it’s pretty full:
- underwear and socks
- 5 x t-shirts
- 1 x shorts
- 1 x trousers
- 1 x skirt
- 1 x dress
- 1 x cardigan
- 2 x books
- 1 x tote bag
And left out:
- small day bag
- travel outfit
I like sports, and I’m kind of collecting stadiums as I travel the world. In particular Olympic ones, although I haven’t got very many as they’re in unhelpful places around the world that I don’t visit ever.
Not an Olympic Stadium but the Commonwealth Stadium in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (it’s the Emirates and Sir Chris Hoy Arena). It had been a heat wave but the weather turned decidedly more Scottish for our trip to the Stadium and we queued for our train in the rain. We had tickets for the Badminton and it was fun but after 5hrs of badminton we were ready to leave. I also tried Irn Bru ice cream which is amazing and, annoyingly, not available in England 😦