Salisbury Crags


Start Point: Park at the Palace of Holyrood
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Time: 30 minutes and 2 hours depending upon how far you feel like walking.


Salisbury Crag is located on the West side of Holyrood Park and provides a fine "Sunday afternoon" walk.

Arthur Seat from Corstorphine Hill

Approaching from the north, park at the Palace of Holyrood, crossing Queen's Drive you will notice a substantial path winding its way to the left hand side of the crags. Ensure that you double back and follow the path up along the cliff top rather than continuing to Haggis Knowe. But beware the ascent is steeper than it looks!

Caution should be exercised to avoid the crumbling cliff edge and ensuring that any children are kept clear of the cliffs.

The path will reach a peak at Cat's Nick, from where fine views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and The Meadows can be seen. Continuing along the cliff top, the path will descend to below Arthur's Seat, from where a left-hand turn should be taken to head down Hunter's Bog back to Queen's Drive and the Palace of Holyrood carpark.

A note of caution: on descending from Cat's Nick, the path is rocky with loose stones and requires careful negotiation.

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