Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags by Tom Gomez

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Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (823 feet), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is quite easy to climb, and is a popular walk. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the East, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.

Many claim that its name is a derivation of a myriad of legends pertaining to King Arthur, such as the reference in Y Gododdin. However it has also been claimed that the name is a corruption of the phrase “Archer’s Seat” on the supposition that the rock was a significant point of city defence in the Middle Ages.

Like the castle rock on which Edinburgh Castle is built, it was formed by an extinct volcano system of Carboniferous age (approximately 350 million years old), which was eroded by a glacier moving from west to east during the Quaternary, exposing rocky crags to the west and leaving a tail of material swept to the east. This is how the Salisbury Crags formed and became basalt cliffs between Arthur’s Seat and the city centre. From some angles, Arthur’s Seat resembles a sleeping lion. Two of the several extinct vents make up the ‘lions head’ and the ‘lions haunch’.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Sold 1 Medium Canvas Print : 6th June 09
Sold 1 Card : 28th Nov 10
Sold 1 Medium Framed Print : 2nd April 12
Sold 1 Medium Photographic Print : 13 Apr 12

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh and Lowland Scotland.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 7 years ago

    Spectular view!!!!!

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...almost 7 years ago

    This is a brilliant shot of the Crags looking out toward Leith. Nice one.

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 7 years ago

    Brill capture and history Tom

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful view

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 7 years ago

    Wow,gorgeous view! very rugged and beautiful!!

  • David Smith
    David Smithalmost 7 years ago

    Good shot a lot of history here

  • Mayina
    Mayinaalmost 7 years ago

    brilliant — been up here a few times!

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathalmost 7 years ago

    stunning view

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 7 years ago

    Fabulous view, where’d you shoot this from??

  • I was in a Helicoptor, the trip was a gift from my wife and daughter

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 7 years ago

    What a great gift!!

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