We woke up early the next morning and trekked across the city center to Hollyrood Park and to the base of Arthur's Seat. Arthur's Seat is the highest point in the park and is a dormant volcano. It's a relatively easy climb since there is a winded path of stone stairs going up to the top. We spent 2 hours climbing and enjoying the view and decided we wanted to head back into the city. When climbing to the top earlier, we saw a guy and his dog coming down a more secluded path on the mountain. From the top, it looked like it would be a quicker and less crowded way down than taking the stairs. Yeah we were SO wrong. We ended up spending an hour scaling down the side of the mountain and questioning whether or not it would be worth it to climb back up and take the stairs, but we decided to keep going since we already made it so far down. Towards the bottom, the stair path came into sight and two fellow climbers yelled and asked if we needed emergency medical assistance. At this point, we were all stuck in thorn bushes and could only help but laugh. Once finally reaching the bottom, we looked back up, realized how steep the path was, and wondered what was even going through our minds when we thought that was a good idea. We grabbed lunch and headed to explore Old Town, the historical part of the city. On our way, we passed a church with a bagpiper outside. The guy at the front gate told us that there was a wedding taking place and that the bride was 30 minutes late. He told us that we were welcome to wait outside the gate and listen to the bagpiper play when the bride finally arrived. After waiting a few minutes, the bride finally showed up and we were able to hear our first Scottish bagpiper, kilt and all. We kept heading towards the city center and finally reached The Royal Mile, the main street that runs through Old Town. All of the buildings were so old and charming and was so clean compared to all the other cities I have been to. We went into St. Giles' Church and explored around the Edinburgh Castle. We wanted to go into the castle, but it cost 18 pounds, which ends up being almost $30. We decided the price wasn't worth it, so we settled for ice cream outside of the castle instead before heading back to our hostel to get ready for dinner. After dinner, we ended up listening to music again at a bar, but we were all exhausted so we headed back to the hostel early to get some sleep.
Edinburgh is by far the most beautiful city that I have been to yet. The city was so medieval, charming, and clean and the Scottish people were so friendly. I would recommend Edinburgh and Scotland to anyone planning on visiting Europe in a heartbeat.