23 June 2016: The view from the top is worth the climb.
Hollyrood Palace, the Queen’s house when she is in Scotland, is located at the terminus of the Royal Mile near the modern Parliament Building. Hollyrood Park encompasses the Palace and includes the mountain in its backdrop. At the very top of the mountain is Arthur’s Seat which provides wonderful panoramas of the entire city and bay. The hike from the bottom to the top was strenuous at times but well worth the effort. The round trip as we went took about 2 hours, although it could vary greatly depending on where and how far you go. Some of my pictures were taken with a telephoto lens so don’t be fooled, they look much closer than they are.