Hill: Arthur's Seat
Date: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Company: Just myself


I travelled down to Edinburgh this afternoon to attend a conference tomorrow. I didn't arrive at Waverley station until 17:00 so any ascent of Arthur's Seat was going to be in the dark. I did however come prepared with headtorch, DSLR and tripod. After checking into my hotel and having dinner, I made my way down towards Holyrood Park for an ascent of Arthur's Seat.

I last ascended Arthur's Seat in July 2015 with my only ascent prior to that back in January 2010. All three ascents of Arthur's Seat have been via different routes.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

The ascent was simply a case of head down and crack on. I didn't stop to take any photos during the ascent.

On arrival at the summit, I spent around twenty minutes up there taking a number of photos. My photos didn't turn out as well as I had hoped for as it was very windy up there. Even with me holding the tripod steady, there was still a bit of camera shake.

Portobello, Musselburgh and beyond:


Leith and beyond the Firth of Forth to Fife:


Jogger running past at the summit (headtorch trail):


Central Edinburgh:


Trig point lit up using my headtorch:


Central Edinburgh (Edinburgh Castle just right of centre):


During the descent, I twice saw an extremely bright flash of green light. On stopping to see what it was, I could see a green laser being directed at my headtorch from circa 1 mile away. Thereafter, I shielded my headtorch to avoid being visible until I had skirted round the hill out of range of the dickhead with the laser.

I stopped briefly during the descent in an attempt to photograph the consetallation Orion.

Looking back to Arthur's Seat with Orion and two jogger's headtorch trails:


Arthur's Seat is a fantastic hill. Worth ascending during the day and at night for different views of Edinburgh.