Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags

Edinburgh Skyline by Michael Stirling-Aird

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 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.

Salisbury Crags from Arthur's Seat by Michael Stirling-Aird


About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
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