Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Photo: Angus Miller

The Arthur’s Seat volcano dominates the centre of Edinburgh and is a superb example of a small, partly-eroded basalt volcanic cone. It gives the opportunity of exploring different parts of the volcanic system including intrusions, lava flows and vent material. We will also visit Salisbury Crags to appreciate the contrast between surface volcanic activity and underground magma intrusion and the important site discovered by James Hutton.

Aimed at new EGS members but open to all.

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Excursion title: Introductory Excursion: Arthur’s Seat
Date & time: Saturday 21 September 2019, 10 am Finish time: 1 pm
Leaders: Angus Miller and EGS Council Members
Excursion aims and description: The Arthur’s Seat volcano dominates the centre of Edinburgh and is a superb example of a small, partly-eroded basalt volcanic cone. It gives the opportunity of exploring different parts of the volcanic system including intrusions, lava flows and vent material. We will also visit Salisbury Crags to appreciate the contrast between surface volcanic activity and underground magma intrusion and the important site discovered by James Hutton. This introductory excursion is aimed at new EGS members but it is open to all.
Transport: No transport necessary
Meeting point: Holyrood Palace Car Park, on the Queens Drive
First locality: Holyrood Palace Car Park, on the Queens Drive NT271 737
Excursion route: St Anthony’s Well, Dry Dam, Whinny Hill, Queen’s Drive, Salisbury Crags.
Terrain, walking distance, height gain: Rough paths and pavements.
Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards: None
Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above: None
Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed: No
May dogs be brought on the excursion? Yes
Toilet information: Holyrood Park Education Centre, close to meeting point.
Geological map sheet: Edinburgh 32E
OS map sheet: Explorer 350 Edinburgh
References: Discovering Edinburgh’s Volcano. A geological guide to Holyrood Park (EGS)