Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by artslover on March 15, 2006

Arthur's Seat is the peak of an extinct volcano. The nearby cliffs are called Salisbury Crags. They are located east of Edinburgh Castle, south of the city centre, and near the main campus of the University of Edinburgh. It is a very popular walk because getting to the top gets you a great view of the city and the surrounding area.

There are any number of ways to start a walk. Most people park in the lot by Holyrood Palace and start on the walk nearby. We started from the other side in the village of Duddingston. There is parking available near Duddingston Loch. The walk is relatively easy until the very end. Depending on your route, you may pass by one of the three lochs around Arthur's Seat. A short steep climb is required to get to the top. From there, because it was a clear day, the Firth of Forth bridges could be seen.

The walk can easily be done in an hour and costs nothing. After descending from Arthur's Seat, we walked along the edge of the Salisbury Crags. If you choose to do so, be careful. Almost every year, someone falls from the Crags to an unfortunate end.
Arthur's Seat
Salisbury Crags
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH16

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