Salisbury Crags – Imposing Cliffs in Edinburgh, Scotland

by Arūnas
Salisbury Crags: Imposing cliffs in Edinburgh

Salisbury Crags are a series of cliffs in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, Scotland, the UK. They rise to over 45 m (150 ft) above the city and has been popular with local climbers for generations.

Holyrood Park is a green oasis in the heart of Edinburgh. Its famous landscape was forged by volcanoes and carved by ice. The igneous rock of Salisbury Crags, located in the park, dates back 345 million years to the Carboniferous period. Geologically, this rock is a sill formed when magma inside a volcano found its way into a crack and then hardened.

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Salisbury Crags: Imposing cliffs in Edinburgh
Me looking at the city of Edinburgh from the rock of Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags: Imposing cliffs in Edinburgh
View of Edinburgh from the rock
Salisbury Crags
View of Edinburgh Castle from the rock
Edinburgh
Dynamic Earth (left), Holyrood Palace (right) from the rock, with Leith and the Firth of Forth in the background
Looking towards Arthur's Seat from the rock
Looking towards Arthur’s Seat from the rock
Salisbury Crags
The cliffs and Arthur’s Seat
Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags: Imposing cliffs in Edinburgh
The Radical Road along the rock
Salisbury Crags: Imposing cliffs in Edinburgh
The cliffs are part of the landscape of Edinburgh
Queen's Drive is the main route through the Holyrood Park
Queen’s Drive is the main route through the Holyrood Park

In the early 19th century, the Earl of Haddington organized the quarrying of the crags providing stone to pave London streets and all over the country. Almost 50,000 tons of rock were removed between 1815–1819.

Official website of the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment: Historic Environment Scotland


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