Now this is my kind of city! Edinburgh is built on the remains of an extinct volcano. The main outlet of the volcano, known as Arthur’s Seat, towers above Old Town, while Edinburgh Castle sits on a second vent of indomitable black rock. Most of this city is carved out of dark, mafic dolerite. I love cities where the Earth is apparent underfoot, unconcealed by an overdose of concrete.
Arthur’s Seat from Edinburgh Castle.
My sister, brother in law and parents at Edinburgh Castle
Castle View. We climbed Arthur’s Seat the next morning.
View from our hostel in Old Town
One of many whisky shops in Old Town
Charles Dickens hated the Scot Monument, describing it as a broken-off steeple stuck in the ground. It’s dark and weird, but the view is spectacular!
Climbing the tower. Slightly claustrophobic. I was really glad I didn’t meet anybody on these stairs going up or coming down. In fact, I had the place all to myself!
View from the top! Waverley Train Station, named for a Scot novel, is below.
Arthur’s Seat & Old Town
Salisbury Crags, Arthur’s Seat & Old Town Edinburgh (click to enlarge)
Edinburgh Castle Pano (click to enlarge)
Edinburgh Castle & the National Gallery
New Town Edinburgh
Old Town Meets New Town
Stay tuned for another view of the city from the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat!