Arthur’s Seat, a hill of volcanic rock that looms over Edinburgh Old Town, provides a slice of highland Scotland in an urban Edinburgh setting.
On a clear day (which is nothing like as rare as you might think), you can see as far as the southern Highlands, with the Firth of Forth shimmering to the north and the Pentland Hills rolling out to the south. If you dont want to climb to the top of Arthurs Seat itself there is a good walking in the park and various gentler bluffs that also provide a good view of the higgledy piggledy Edinburgh skyline. Close your walk in the Sheep Heid Inn (www.sheepheid.co.uk), a centuries-old pub in the pretty village of Duddingston.
- Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
- EH8 8EQ