Ex Tempore



Written by Aija in the Edinburgh Address Blog

Saturday, 09 November 2013

Arthur's Seat view from HolyroodEdinburgh never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think there could not be more to discover, I go for a walk, on that rare sunny day this time of year, and as the weather is so uncharacteristically warm and sunny, I keep walking.dunsapie loch2

This ex tempore day stroll took us through Grassmarket, up Victoria Street to the Royal Mile, down all the way to Our Dynamic Earth. Can’t stop here now can we? Through the Holyrood Park up to the foot of Arthur’s Seat and little ways up there’s the Dunsapie Loch, filled with what seems like dozens over dozens of swans and other water birds. What’s that? Up the hill overlooking the Loch still remain the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. The view from up there is breathtaking. You can see big part of the city centre, all the church peaks and the Castle.

Back down through the park to go behind Holyrood Palace, up Abbey Hill and towards Regent Terrace, a road I haven’t before walked through. Probably that was why I was surprised to encounter the Old Calton Burial Ground – a beautiful old cemetery that whispers of history, clashing with the modern times abuse it suffers from the hands of renegades of all sorts. Another beautiful view of Arthur’s Seat, from a different angle.

It is nearly impossible to stop walking in Edinburgh once you’ve started. Just wanting to walk through yet another path or passage, wondering what they could possibly lead to. From the Old Calton Burial Ground we walked to the steps at the bottom of Calton Hill, deciding to go up the Hill as well – why not, we were there already!

Walking the curving path winding up towards the top of the Hill, getting an almost full 180° view of the city. Unbelievable.

After all that walking (whole walk was about 4 hours, with breaks to take in all the beauty and sun) there are no words to describe how hungry I was! faber emporiumCandy proved to be the best place for tea – some finger food for starters, a great burger for main. The whole dinner for two with drinks came to just over £21 and is absolute quality!

After dinner the dusk had set, which proved perfect for a walk through the city itself, with the street lights and street performers adding to that eerie, yet magical feel. Sometime is hard to understand how lucky I am living here, and how happy just a walk in the city can make me.

Last but not least, we ended up back in Grassmarket and although it was chilly, the outside seating area by the Last Drop was too tempting. Another amazing view, people watching with a wee dram of Dalwhinnie wrapped up the perfect day.


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