UK Trip 2012, Day 11: Arthur’s Seat and Farewell to Edinburgh

Our last day in the UK followed the pattern of the day before, trying to shy away from hustle and bustle and enjoy the simple, scenic nature of Scotland. Today we went on a hike up Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, then Bob and Meg went for a tour bus adventure while Teisha and Andrew explored Edinburgh on foot one last time. You can visit the day’s photo gallery, or read on for more details of our journey!

Arthur’s Seat is the peak of a group of large hills located in the center of Edinburgh (and near our B&B). It rises over 800 ft above the city, giving it stunning views. Interestingly enough, the name probably has nothing to do with “King Arthur”, and is instead a corruption of Gaelic for “place on high ground”. The hike up gave us a chance to see a Loch, as well as sample some panoramic views of the city.

All of us made it to the top– even Meg, who felt a little worn out and intimidated by the final climb up crumbling rocks!

We got to enjoy a nice nature stroll on the way down, and took a breather (and got a snack) at Our Dynamic Earth, an Edinburgh science exhibit and conference center. The actual exhibits seems a little overpriced, but we enjoyed the gift shop filled with happy, rambunctious kids!

After that, we explored the city a bit more before deciding to split up– Bob and Meg wanted to tour the tour via a tour bus, while Teisha and Andrew decided to walk the streets one last time, ending up walking through The Meadows again.

All in all, it was a peaceful and happy ending to a long, fun-filled trip. We left Edinburgh happy, rested, and full of fond memories.

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