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Excursion title:

Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park

Date & time:

Sunday 20 September 2020, 10 am

Finish time:

1 pm

Leaders:

Angus Miller, Geowalks

Excursion aims and description:

Salisbury Crags is Scotland’s best example of an intrusive sill, where magma has been forced between layered sedimentary rocks underground. This happened about 335 million years ago. We will walk around Salisbury Crags, viewing the impressive cliffs and the sedimentary rocks above the sill in the Camstane Quarry.

Meeting point:

Grassy area to the east of the Holyrood Palace Car Park, on the Queens Drive

First locality:

Camstane Quarry

Excursion route:

Camstane Quarry, Hunter’s Bog, 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.

References:

Edinburgh 32E

OS map sheet:

Explorer 350 Edinburgh

References (see below):

Discovering Edinburgh’s Volcano. A geological guide to Holyrood Park (EGS)