On this excursion we will visit a succession of lava flows from the Arthur’s Seat volcano which form tilted trap topography across Whinny Hill. We will also examine some igneous intrusions.

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Excursion title:

Whinny Hill, Holyrood Park

Date & time:

6th May, 7pm

Finish time:



Angus Miller, Lothian and Borders GeoConservation

Excursion aims and description:

We will visit a succession of basalt lava flows from the Arthur’s Seat volcano which form Whinny Hill. There are also some minor intrusions.


Private car or public transport

Meeting point:

North-east end of St Margaret’s Loch, on the Queen’s Drive in Holyrood Park. NT 276 739.

First locality:

St Anthony’s Chapel, NT275 737.

Excursion route:

From St Margaret’s Loch, take a steep path to St Anthony’s Chapel and on through the Dry Dam towards Dunsapie. We will then turn back over Whinny Hill, then descend to the Queen’s Drive and back to the start point.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

2.5km on rough paths with 120m of ascent.


Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:


Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:


Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:


May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:


Geological map sheet:

Edinburgh 32E

OS map sheet:

Explorer 350


EGS leaflet, Discovering Edinburgh’s Volcano.