Thanks to the folks at Informed Edinburgh, I’ve just been reading about of a walking route which follows the trail of ancient pilgrimages from Edinburgh to St Andrews. A book by Cameron Black called ‘The Saint Andrew’s Way – Restoration of a Medieval Pilgrimage’ is due to be released. You can obtain copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
With excellent public transport routes from Edinburgh to Fife, Craigwell Cottage might just be a possible base for walkers who come to Edinburgh to start the walk and intend to walk it in sections. And even a stay at Sandcastle Cottage, our lovely seaside home in Fife, might be an alternative base for those wishing to walk sections of the Fife part of the walk.
This is it, girls [and boys in bras], the night we’ve been training for. Edinburgh hosts the 2010 MoonWalk event this evening, raising money for a very good cause.
Saw the tented village in Inverleith Park yesterday. No doubt a hive of activity this afternoon. Have the kit all laid out. Costumes will hopefully cover a multitude of sins – hopefully flying the flag is still ok even if it is supposed to be a Mardi Gras theme – Scotch Pancakes anyone?
Weather forecast looks good, and it looks like it will be a settled night, so I’m really looking forward to it, but just a teeny bit nervous, and not coping well with sitting about waiting!
One of the popular activities for guests who stay at Craigwell Cottage is to take a walk round Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park.
If you head for the Scottish Parliament at the end of the Royal Mile, then you can pick up the route from there no matter where you’re staying!
The route is just under 4 miles, and it is quite steep at the start, but you will want to take frequent stops to allow for taking photographs and maybe making little videos, so allow a couple of hours. There are no restrooms on the route, and no shops, so if it is a hot day it would be advisable to take a bottle of water with you and make sure you put on some sunscreen. A good stout pair of walking shoes or trainers (sneakers) should suffice, and after the first mile or so the route follows a tarmac pavement. The ‘off road’ part of the walk is along a rough track which is wide enough for 3 people to walk side by side, but do take care as the ground falls away very steeply beside the path, so don’t get too close to the edge.
To pick up the path in front of Salisbury Crags, keep the Scottish Parliament building to your right, but stay on that side of the road, crossing Queen’s Drive and turning left along the side of the cycle track on the south side of Queen’s Drive. You should see a short flight of steps leading up to the track – turn right there and start your climb. Follow the track until you descend to Queen’s Drive, then follow it round the south side of Arthur’s Seat, passing Duddingston Loch and Dunsapie Loch and then descending to pass St Margaret’s Loch and returning to your starting point near Holyrood Palace.
While you’re staying at Craigwell Cottage, it’s only a short walk to
Holyrood Park. In a little over an hour this morning a friend and I
walked round Arthur’s Seat on footpaths, enjoying the early autumn
sunshine. There is a useful guide to walks in Holyrood Park available at: