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Arthur's Seat from Salisbury Crags

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Arthur's Seat from Salisbury Crags - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Virtual tour panorama taken part way up Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh. The picture shows a view north over Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth, and round to Arthur's Seat, covered in blooming gorse.

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Arthur's Seat is the tallest hill within Holyrood Park. It is a popular walking destination, behind Salisbury Crags and about a mile from the center of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle. The top of Arthur's Seat, at 251m, provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, stretching over the Firth of Forth, Midlothian hills and Edinburgh itself, making it a popular attraction for the more energetic.

Arthur's Seat can be climbed from almost any direction, but the most gradual ascent is is from the East up a path above Dunsapie Loch, the small lake visible in this picture. The hill is about 350 million years old, the remains of an extinct volcano, later eroded by glaciation, much like Castle Rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands.

Arthur's Seat provides an excellent defensive position, and hill fort remains can be found on Dunsapie Hill and above Samson's Ribs on the massif. On the east side of Arthur's Seat are two stony banks, the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. In 1836 seventeen wooden coffins were found in a small cave just below the summit.


Arthur's Seat
Holyrood Park


Bus: Holyrood (35, 36), London Road (4, 5, 19, 26, 44, 45)

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