|Arthur's Seat beside Duddingston Loch|
I have been wanting to hike Arthur's Seat since we arrived, and was very excited when we decided to set off to take on the challenge of hiking Arthur's Seat. The other problem with reading reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel sites is that everyone has different tolerance levels and athletic abilities. When I read that it was very challenging and rock-climbing skills could be needed, I was very nervous about going with a 22-month-old and 4-year-old. However, the route we took was not challenging at all and was a lot of fun!
Amelie wasn't too keen on the uphill portion of the hike, but with ice-cream as a reward for completing this quest she gladly took on the challenge without much fuss. Liam was very patient to sit in the pack while we hiked up the mountain and provided us with some laughs as we allowed him to hike down the mountain. With it being a Saturday and nice weather, we were not alone on our quest to hike to the top. It was fun to see other families out doing the same thing as we were...bribing our children to continue to push through and get to the top! ;)
|Only climbing a couple of feet provided us great views of the city.|
|Bobby carried Liam up the mountain while I carried Liam down the mountain (a little that is). Amelie walked on her own. She and I enjoyed looking for yellow and purple flowers on our journey.|
|We loved the views of the Forth too. You can see Inchcolm Island in the background.|
|A nice flat spot near the top to have our picnic lunch of PB & honey while looking to where we needed to head next.|
|After eating lunch, Amelie decided to relax. You can see Holyrood Palace and Abbey in the background.|
|Liam is the collector and collected a couple of rocks to carry with him.|
|Right near the top, there was a little more climbing...nothing too crazy though.|
Amelie did a great job picking the way for us to climb. At this point there was no one path to follow.
|Did I mention that this is an extinct volcano, which erupted around 340 million years ago?|
|At the pinnacle of Arthur's Seat.|
|It was smart to take different paths going and coming as we were able to see other Lochs and other great views. |
Also, since the east trail is more like rolling grasslands, Liam was able to walk down
(and I got to carry an empty pack!).
|The Loch is now a bird sanctuary.|
|The swan family behind us was fun to watch.|
|Bobby reenacting the painting...|
|Amelie's promised ice-cream. She generously shared with all of us. It went above her expectations as it came with a chocolate chip cookie, mint leaves, and a strawberry. We also ate "chips".|