I Love Edinburgh!

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Scotland, Underfoot

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

Arthur’s Seat from Edinburgh Castle.

My sister, brother in law and parents at Edinburgh Castle

My sister, brother in law and parents at Edinburgh Castle

Castle View

Castle View. We climbed Arthur’s Seat the next morning.

View from our hostel in Old Town

View from our hostel in Old Town

One of many whisky shops

One of many whisky shops in Old Town

The Scot Monument

The Scot Monument. Long-time readers will know that I always seek out high points in every city I visit. Edinburgh didn’t have any open cathedral spires, but the Scot Monument provided a lovely bird’s eye view of the city.

Charles Dickens hated the Scot Monument, describing it as a broken-off steeple stuck in the ground. It's weird, but it affords a spectacular view of the city!

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

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!

View from the top! Waverley Train Station, named for a Scot novel, is below.

Arthur's Seat & Old Town

Arthur’s Seat & Old Town

Salisbury Crags, Arthur's Seat & Old Town Edimburgh (click to enlarge)

Salisbury Crags, Arthur’s Seat & Old Town Edinburgh (click to enlarge)

Edinburgh Castle Pano (click to enlarge)

Edinburgh Castle Pano (click to enlarge)

Edinburgh Castle & the National Gallery

Edinburgh Castle & the National Gallery

New Town Edinburgh

New Town Edinburgh

Old Town Meets New Town

Old Town Meets New Town

Stay tuned for another view of the city from the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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9 Responses to I Love Edinburgh!

  1. Thank you for the visual tour of Scotland. This is very good. Congratulations! Barbara

  2. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    A treat for your eyes.

  3. walktx says:

    Wow! Thanks for this wonderful blog!

  4. Kim says:

    One of our favorite cities. When we visited, we were not prepared for the beauty of the city. It’s almost like Europe’s best-kept-secret.

  5. furrygnome says:

    I think Edinburgh is our favourite city too; so much history! Never climbed the monument though. Great pictures from the top! Maybe I’ll have to try that next visit.

  6. Erika says:

    Brings back memories. Studied a semester in Edinburgh as a university exchange student years ago. It is a really nice town, but for some reason I didn’t do most of the touristy stuff (like vistit the castle) until just before I left.

  7. Pingback: Scotland Travel: Edinburgh | Hammel, McLean, Thomson, and Gillilan Ancestors

  8. robyck says:

    I like!

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