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Salisbury Crags

WIKI Entry: Saisbury Crags – Arhtur’s Seat, Edinburgh

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.[3]

On the basis of it simply being the same name, Hugo Arnot derived the name from the first Earl of Salisbury who accompanied Edward III of England on one of his invasions of Scotland.[4] Grant’s view of this is that it was “an idle story” and quoted Lord Hailes’ derivation from Anglo-Saxon meaning “waste or dry habitation”.[5]

There is another theory that the word “Salisbury” is an English rendition of the Gaelic Selyg or Selych meaning Willow, thus Salisbury becomes Willow Brae, which mirrors the name of the hill at its opposite side, also Willow Brae.

*Ansel Adams

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Peak of the Seat

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”.[1] It is situated in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill itself rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. 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.