A hill that I have climbed several times but yet to write about is Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Here it is to the left background of this excellent photograph by Michael Stirling-Aird http://www.transformedbylight.com/index.html taken from above Inverlieth Ponds which are close to my flat. Incidentally the rugby ground in the middle foreground, Raeburn Place, was the site of the world’s very first international rugby match (Scotland vs England, 1890 which Scotland actually won!). Another remarkable feature that can be seen in this photograph is the amazing achievement by the Edinburgh planners, past and present, to preserve the city skyline. If we are ever back in Edinburgh over new year’s eve, and it is not raining (not a given in Scotland), we usually climb the grassy slopes above the ponds to view the fireworks. On a clear night a wondrous sight.
Much of Edinburgh’s geology is based upon volcanic activity. Edinburgh Castle (also to be seen in the above photo) sits on top of a volcanic plug. Luckily these volcanoes are extinct otherwise my home insurance premium might be even more expensive. The best preserved of these ancient volcanoes is Arthur’s Seat. The adjacent Salisbury Crags (below) is an example of an exposed lava flow. Whilst not the biggest of hills at 823 ft (unable to categorise as a Munro or a Corbett) Arthur’s Seat must certainly be one of the grandest – I truly recommend it for the beautiful views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth beyond.