Searching for Camelot (Again)

Arthurian legend is everywhere in Great Britain, with many historical sites being the supposed location to many mythical castles or stories, with Camelot being not exception. Many scholars now believe Camelot was made of in French Romantic poems, but this has not stopped rumors of its actual location.

Occasionally I visit ‘nerdy’ places on accident. I either wander into them or find out their significance later on, as was the case with The Eagle and Child and the rabbit room. The same happened with my first run in with Camelot.

It was my first day in Edinburgh for a long weekend and was trying to cram as much as possible into each day. I had an early morning train and only arrived in Edinburgh at noon but had already visited the Scotch Whiskey Experience, Edinburgh Castle, The Writer’s Museum, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Nelson monument. Late in the day I made the very wise decision to climb some mountains / hills.

At the time this seemed like a good idea for the day was very warm (an oddity in Scotland), so a hike before the sunset seemed smart.

Edinburgh is a city of hills, with the most prominent being in Holyrood Park, which offer panoramic views of the city and are easy to climb based on what path you pick.

holyrood

Going up was easy and many other tourists partook in this hike. At varying points many people stop and decide they have reached high enough or don’t want to be stranded on the mountains in the dark.

I wound up exploring these mountains for two and a half hours, leaving the main path to reach higher peeks and each time getting better views of the city.

It was as the sun was beginning to set that I reached the peak of the mountains. I spent some time watching the sunset when a couple also reached this peak. We each took pictures of each other to commemorate the journey. It was here I learned the peak is called ‘Arthur’s Seat,’ for it is said this peak was once the home of Camelot. I had a drive to reach the top of this mountain and didn’t even know its nerdy significance.

sunset

One can imagine this being the home of Camelot, with its views of the city and surrounding countryside it makes for a good strategic location. Granted, there are no ruins at Arthur’s Seat and this is all speculation.

I would have stayed longer, but climbing down a mountain in darkness is actually not appealing so my time there was short, but shows you can find the nerdy anywhere.

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