Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags part 1
It’s about time I covered Arthurs Seat properly in this blog. Visible from most parts of the city it’s not something you can fail to notice, it’s also the dominant sight of the city from as far away as parts of East Lothian and even out as far as Soutra Hill. An extinct volcano (we hope) and lava outcrop, it’s been preserved as a huge green space right in the heart of the city. You can be in Princes Street shopping and no more than 10 15 minutes walking will bring you to here, practically the countryside, there can’t be many cities that you can do that in.
The views from here are spectacular, so join me on a wander from the Commonwealth Pool entrance up over the Radical Road and back through Hunters Bog, we’ll save a walk to the top for another day! This is part one of a real bumper crop of pics, over 60 in total I think?
Starting out near the Commonwealth Pool (or the Commie as it’s more often referred to as), you pass the gates to the park entrance, traffic is restricted from here on a Sunday during the day so it’s a great time to go for an explore. You’ll notice the no commercial vehicles sign? White van man and artics not welcome…
Walking towards the main peak (slightly to the left) which is Arthurs Seat (other peaks have other names), Salisbury Crags is now on your left hand side and that’s where we’re heading. There’s a small path that runs around the base of the high up cliff face known as the Radical Road.
The path is fine for walking up from this side, the other side that starts at Holyrood is a lot rougher and steeper. People posing for pictures on the higher cliff face is a normal sight. In fact people falling off isn’t that unusual either!
Getting higher up now, the view back to where we started the climb.
And a look down to where we actually started out.
From about here you get your first view of Edinburgh Castle, we’re roughly level with it here, you’ll be higher up looking down on it soon.
This is one of the old quarries on the road, this is now a place where you can officially go rock climbing with permission.
The cliff face winds in an out here with some fantastic rock formations, the colours are very distinctive. I’ve left this shot in colour to show the colours of the rock.
From time to time there is the odd rockfall. The lastest one was during the summer last year and it blocked the path, or at least blocked it if you were a big feardy and didn’t climb over it. You can still see where it was.
And looking down over the edge, you can see just how high up we are now. According to my iPhone GPS and a little app I was running this is nearly 600ft up.
Now the views to the city really open out, views the Castle are probably the best in Edinburgh. There’s also a good view of the Commie Pool and Pollock Halls. Quick thought, years ago any sign pointing to Pollock Halls was altered by some witty individual to read Bollock Halls, why doesn’t that happen anymore?
Wide view to Edinburgh Castle.
Just a shame Dumbiebykes gets in the shot from up here.
And closer in on the Castle.
It can be fairly busy up here, lot of walkers about.
Keep an eye open for other parts of this post this week with more views of the city.