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.

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Excursion title: Introductory Excursion: Holyrood Park
Date & time: 20th September, 10am Finish time: 1pm
Leaders: Angus Miller
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: Private car or public transport.
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:
Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards: Rough paths and pavements.
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 sheet 350
References: Discovering Edinburgh’s Volcano. A geological guide to Holyrood Park (EGS)