View from summit of Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

View from summit of Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

This evening, I am posting information on Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The park comprises an extensive open space featuring small lochs (lakes) but is essentially hilly with the peak, Arthur’s Seat, sitting at the centre at a height of 251 metres/823 feet. Arthur’s Seat  and adjacent area is of volcanic origin dating back 310m-360m years when Scotland was situated near to the equator. There is also an exposed cliff edge named Salisbury Crags which was formed slightly later than Arthur’s Seat by magma flowing from deep inside the earth.

Trail to Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Trail to Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The entire park is open to the public and offers facilities for walking, cycling, climbing, photography, connecting with the geology or just admiring the extensive views which include:

  • Pentland Hills to the south.
  • Duddingston to the east.
  • Calton Hill ‘ Athens of the North’ to the north-west.
  • Firth of Forth.
View of Leith and Firth of Forth from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

View of Leith and Firth of Forth from Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh.

  • Edinburgh City to the west, including such notable sites as Palace of Holyroodhouse, Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Castle.
  • Ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel which may date from the 15th century or earlier.
St Anthony's Chapel, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

St Anthony’s Chapel, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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