Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

File:Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.JPGArthur’s Seat is often mentioned as one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.

The beginning of the path leading to the top of the hill.Starting point of  the Arthur's Seat

A local old man takes a walk. A local old man takes a walk.

Encountered a black dog by the mountain path.Encountered a black dog by the mountain path.

I asked a young woman to take my photo in the hillside. I asked a young woman to take my photo in the hillside.

Tha Lion’s head The Lion's HeadThe highest peak of the Arthur’s Seat range is referred to as The Lion’s Head. This is because from some angles the range clearly resembles a seated lion.

The Top of Arthur’s Seat Top of Arthur's Seatwhen I arrived at the top, there was no person to take photograph for me.

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”.   It is situated in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle.  The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m, provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking.

On the way back I found some wild flowers.Arthur's SeatArthur's Seat


Tilting towards colour
on the pale edge
we stand, arms outstretched,
drunk with ownership
of the granite city below

All of it is ours:
the soft contoured tenements,
staggering up through the grey haze
to the Castle, the molar
crowning the slanting toothline of the Royal Mile.

And beyond: Scotland, the World,
the Future. All of it is ours.

The windows beneath burn, stern
in the first shards of dawn.
They reflect our dizzy naivety
year on year on year on year.

By Jennifer Stakes

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