Experience a proper hill walk on an ancient volcano in the heart of Edinburgh!

Experience a proper hill walk on an ancient volcano in the heart of Edinburgh!

Pictures by Louison Guicheteau all rights reserved.

Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh which form most of Holyrood Park. It is situated just to the east of the city centre, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking.

Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch. At a spur of the hill, Salisbury Crags has historically been a rock climbing venue with routes of various degrees of difficulty; however due to hazards rock climbing is now restricted to the South Quarry and a free permit is required.

It is also the site of a large and well preserved fort.  This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago.  With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest.

Experience a proper hill walk in the heart of the city. Arthur’s Seat’s rocky summit towers over Edinburgh, with fabulous views in all directions, and the extensive parkland surrounding it is an oasis of calm as a retreat from the busy city.


Within the park you can also visit St Anthony’s Chapel – a 15th century medieval chapel, Salisbury Crags – a series of 150 foot cliff faces dominating Edinburgh’s skyline as well as Duddingston Loch – a fresh water loch rich in birdlife.


Arthur’s Seat is often mentioned as one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.

Tradition has it that it was at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, covered by the forest of Drumselch, that Scotland’s 12th-century king David I encountered a stag while out hunting. Having fallen from his horse and about to be gored, he had a vision of a cross appearing between the animal’s antlers, before it inexplicably turned away, leaving him unharmed. David, believing his life had been spared through divine intervention, founded Holyrood Abbey on the spot. The burgh arms of the Canongate display the head of the stag with the cross framed by its antlers.

The slopes of the hill facing Holyrood are where young girls in Edinburgh traditionally bathe their faces in the dew on May Day to make themselves more beautiful. The poem ‘Auld Reekie’, written by Robert Fergusson in 1773, contains the lines:

On May-day, in a fairy ring,
We’ve seen them round St Anthon’s spring,
Frae grass the cauler dew draps wring
To weet their een,
And water clear as crystal spring
To synd them clean

Botanics’ ‘corpse flower’ preparing to bloom for second time

Botanics’ ‘corpse flower’ preparing to bloom for second time

THE world’s smelliest flower, which stinks of rotting flesh, could be preparing to burst in to bloom in Edinburgh for only the second time!

The giant Amorphophallus Titanum has a strong smell of rotting flesh. It has produced seven leaves in the 12 years that it has been at the garden. The flower is known as the “corpse flower” because of the stench it emits while in full bloom. It last flowered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in June 2015, attracting more than 20,000 people to experience the smelly spectacle, before it wilted. Now experts believe the specimen, which took 12 years to nurture in a special tropical glasshouse, could bloom again this summer.



Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Carnival Parade [Sunday 16th July 2017]

This Sunday do not miss the chance to see hundreds of performers in a parade through the centre of Edinburgh as part of the city’s Jazz Festival Carnival! Music, dance, costumes, circus acrobats, puppetry from all over the world!


Thousands of spectators will join to create a carnival atmosphere in the city centre on Sunday as hundreds of performers gather to kick start the festival season. Now in its sixth year, the Festival Carnival is limbering up for its biggest year yet growing from 20 carnival performers leading the festivities in 2012 to over 800 this weekend!



KalentuRa (Netherlands), Edinburgh Samba School, Enjoy Street Theatre (Italy), Beltane Fire Society, 3 Points (Spain), Edinburgh Chinese Community Festival Group, D’Art (Netherlands), Anansi, Pep’s Circus (France), Pulse of the Place, Messy Jam (England), Samba Resille (France), Artscape (South Africa), Circus Alba, Brass Aye, Think Circus & Hoop Addicts, Edinburgh Chinese Art and Culture Community and many more.



Exotic costumes, rhythmic sounds, giant puppets, drum groups and street performers of every description, creating a Carnival atmosphere in the centre of Edinburgh. Over 800 performers will take part in this amazing spectacle.

Free admission, thanks to City of Edinburgh Council.

  • 2.30pm Parade from The Mound to the West End of Princes Street
  • 3.30pm-5pm Performances in Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens

Please see below the full lineup including timings and zones:

Take part in the carnival! 

Participate in the Carnival parade by wearing a costume or being a steward and have one of the most exhilarating experiences.

Check out the official Facebook Page here

Konbo, Edinburgh’s first arcade café has opened!

Konbo, Edinburgh’s first arcade café has opened!

Edinburgh’s first arcade café has opened in Gilmore Place! If like us, you are into vintage 80s/90s Japanese arcade machines, coffee and food, you’ll love this new concept café. The owner wanted to bring Japanese arcade culture to Edinburgh in a comfortable café setting and it really works!.


At Konbo you have access to vintage Japanese arcade machines running original game boards (PCBs), from arcade classics through to more obscure specialist games. They have an incredible list of games available. They have more games available than they do machines, so the selection will rotate.

Please see below the list of games available:

Aero Fighters 2, Art of Fighting 2, Bloody Roar, Blazing Star, Bomber Man World, Capcom vs SNK 2, Detana!! Twinbee, DoDonPachi DaiOuJou, ESP Ra.De., Explosive Breaker, Final Fight, G-Darius, Game Tengoku, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Golden Axe, Gunbird 2, Ketsui, King of Fighters ’98, King of Fighters 2003, Last Blade 2, Magical Drop 2, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, New Zealand Story, Parodius Da!, Power Stone 2, Progear No Arashi, Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Puzzle Bobble, Puzzle Bobble 4, Raiden, RayStorm, Samurai Shodown 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Zero 2, Strikers 1945 II, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire, Waku Waku 7.

A good game is nice but we all like a great quality coffee and some fresh food. They serve speciality coffee supplied by Artisan Roast, along with a range of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and soup sourced from local suppliers. They also stock imported Japanese snacks and soft drinks.


123 Gilmore Place

Monday: 10:00AM–8:00PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00AM–8:00PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM–5:00PM


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