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Salisbury Crags

By budapestbill      
Salisbury Crags (238m) as viewed eastwards from the descent of Arthur's Seat.

Arthur's Seat is situated quite literally in the centre of Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh, and is the centrepiece of Holyrood Park.

It is an area of outstanding geological interest created by a three hundred and fifty million year old extinct volcano system that was later shaped by glaciers.

Salisbury Crags are a series of 46-metre (151 ft) cliffs at the top of a subsidiary spur of Arthur's Seat which rise on the west of Holyrood Park.

Below the foot of the cliffs is a large and steep talus slope falling to the floor of Holyrood Park with a track known as the Radical Road running in the space between the two.

This track was given its name after it was paved in the aftermath of the Radical War of 1820, using the labour of unemployed weavers from the west of Scotland at the suggestion of Walter Scott.

Arthur's Seat Grid Reference : NT2753372947

Tags: Photo journalism General Edinburgh Landscape and travel Salisbury crags Holyrood park Dolerite Urban park Extinct volcano Columnar basalt

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