|View from Arthur's Seat|
After our big fall holiday throughout the British Isles, we decided to do things a little closer to home this weekend. Saturday morning, we drove into Edinburgh and climbed up on top of Arthur’s Seat, which the main peak of a group of hills just to the east of Edinburgh. Some people might call it a mountain because it does rise rather dramatically above the city, but it is really only a little over 800 feet high.
It was rather cool but the skies were nice and clear. We took a loop road around the back side of the hill and parked the car near a pond. The hike up was steep, but relatively short.
|on top of Arthur's Seat|
On top of Arthur’s Seat, the winds were really blowing and the wind chill had to be below freezing. I know I had trouble talking as it felt like my lips & face were numb. However, the views from on top were outstanding. We could see all of Edinburgh spread out below us, with great views of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace (Queen’s home while in Scotland), Calton Hill, and Easter Road (football stadium were Hibernian or “Hibs” play). Carter and Cara had great fun playing with the sheets of ice that had formed in the frozen puddles at the top of the hill. We enjoyed being on top and look forward to going back in the future and exploring Salisbury Crags which is a lower hill even closer to the city center.
|Salisbury Crags - our next destination hike|
We returned to our home in Dunfermline and in the afternoon went to our first Dunfermline Athletic Football Club match. The team is known by the nickname of the Pars and they play at East End Park which is about ¾ of a mile walk from our house. Dunfermline is playing in the Scottish First Division, which is the 2nd tier of football in Scotland, and with this win it put them at the top of the table. Carter brought a friend form school with him and the rest of the family went along as well. We sat in the end behind the goal and watched Dunfermline beat Cowdenbeath 3-0. Dunfermline dominated the match and did a very good job of passing and running off of the ball. I think we all had a good time, but we agreed that the next match we attended, we would be better prepared for the colder weather. Stacy, Cara, and I had two jackets, but our legs got a little cold as well as our hands. Carter and his friend very much enjoyed the match and hope next time to get to touch the ball as it goes out the end of the pitch and into the stands.