Wednesday 3 December 2014

Dunsapie Loch

Firstly our apologies for such a long break between posts. Things have simply been extremely busy and we've been over to the UK for a visit with family and friends as well. The result is that we have rather fallen off the 'posting bandwagon'. We will try to 'resume normal service' from now on :-)

Dunsapie Loch with the Firth of Forth and commercial shipping in the distance
While in Edinburgh we made a point of driving up to Dunsapie Loch, a favourite stopping place for those who want to climb up to Arthur's Seat 'via the back way'. It's a small lake cupped in the hills which are, in fact, the remains of a long extinct volcano.

The waterfowl & gulls get lots of tidbits
The whole area is always alive with runners, walkers and cyclists, as it offers a fabulous outdoor recreational space right in the heart of Endiburgh.

Iron Age fort remains exist on top of the hill above the loch
The area is also rich in ancient history -- there are traces of four Iron Age forts. At one side of the lake is a very helpful information panel which explains their locations.

Very useful if, like us, you know little about the Iron Age

Second of four Iron Age forts, just below and to the left of Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat - always busy with walkers.
The weather was superb and while we were there a never-ending stream of runners swept past, obviously using their lunch break to good advantage. In between visiting friends we enjoyed our brief stroll around.


the fly in the web said...

You had a wonderful day for that walk...and there is nothing like the colours of Scotland....

Diane said...

Blue skies :-) Last time I was in Scotland was when I cycled the End to End, there was a howling gale and rain!! It is though a beautiful country. Have a good day Diane

Perpetua said...

Welcome back. It looks like a fascinating place, as is true of so much of Scotland. I love the information panels which seem to pop up just where one needs them.

Tim said...


Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly it was unseasonably warm and sunny --odd but nice :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Diane - a rare event :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Perpetua - definitely needed & welcome as we know little -- well nothing about this period.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Tim - Hello back; yes still here - honest! .... so much for a quiet run up to Christmas work wise :-(