|Showers build from the south|
|View across Salisbury Crags from Gutted Haddie|
We started out walk directly from our hotel which was located within the grounds of the university, close to Holyrood Park. Holyrood Park is a royal park which has a remarkable collection of highland scenery within its 650 acre area. We took a path that climbs steeply up from Gutted Haddie towards the southern slopes of Arthur's Seat.
|Salisbury Crags with Edinburgh beyond|
|Rain approaches over the Pentland Hills|
|A huge shower lurks over the Firth of Forth|
|Sara surveys the city from below the summit|
|Arthur's Seat aheah|
|Unsurprisingly it was very busy on the top|
|The shower moves out to sea|
At a height of 251m, it's a significant hill - the highest in Holyrood Park, described as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design". 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 (approximately the last two million years), exposing rocky crags to the west and leaving a tail of material swept to the east.
We headed north from Arthur's Seat, dropping down Long Row into Hunter's Bog, thankfully much dryer than its name suggests. Here begins the stunning sweep of Salisbury Crags, a dramatic cliff edge that provides the best views of the city. We were even treated to the sun coming out.
|Edinburgh Castle dominates the city|
|Atop Salisbury Crags|
|Panorama of Edinburgh|
It has a magnificent view of the city and the last half of the crags offer the best views, especially looking back along them with the castle the centre of attention.
|Salisbury Crags from Cat Nick|
|A feint rainbow emerges|
|Arhur's Seat from Salisbury Crags|
|Cat Nick with Edinburgh Castle beyond|
|Sara heads down to Gutted Haddie|
|The prominent slope of the crags is evident right along its length|