Edinburgh’s urban trail offers both city views and the chance to summit a volcano right from the heart of town. The 800-foot climb begins at the end of the Royal Mile, where you’ll hike up through Holyrood Park to the “seat,” the highest accessible point, and look out over the city. The volcano last erupted 340 million years ago, so there’s no worry of being spewed upon at the summit. The hike itself is quick — allow 45 minutes up, 30 down, and 15 to enjoy the views at the top.
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Written by Tim Wenger