Climbs 46
Rocktype Basalt
Altitude 251m a.s.l
Faces all

A windy day near the summit of Arthur's Seat © Smudge03

Crag features

Edinburgh's pet mountain. The summit is very popular with tourists. The minor crags scattered around its flanks, on the other hand, are not popular with anyone - most local climbers stick to bouldering in the South Quarry of Salisbury Crags. There are many entertaining side paths which often develop into easy scrambles and quickly get away from the crowds.

Probably the best rock is to be found on the central Dassie and at the lower end of the Long Row, where there are many more worthwhile routes than those listed. There is some overlooked bouldering at the base of the right-hand side of Raven's Crag, where it is deceptively undercut.

Approach notes

Climbing is banned except in Salisbury Crags South Quarry where permission is required.

See http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/holyrood-park-climbing-guide.pdf

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Arthur's Seat summit
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summit 107
 haggis knowe 
 the long row 
4Jagerbomb HangoverE1 5c 1
5Fallen Column Climb
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S *6
6Waverley Crack
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D 5
7Stomach Layback
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S *5
8Editor's Crack
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D 2
9Reporter's Crack
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VD 1
 the dassies 
11Question Mark Crack
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VD 2
12Black Heart
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VS 4c 2
13Vague Arete
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E3 6a * 
14Black Edge
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E2 5c *2
15Raeburn's Crack
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S *6
16Cracked Slab Crack
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D 6
17Cracked Slab
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VD 7
 dunsapie buttress 
 red craig 
20Eureka
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HS * 
21Red Buttress
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VS 4c  
22Pentland Slab
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VD 1
 haworth's crag 
24Wee Chokestone CrackS 1
 raven's crag 
26The Gutter
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VS 4b  
27Bacchus' Buttress Route
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VD  
 the lion's head 
29Red Chimney
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IV 3 1
30ExcaliburIII 4
31Hanging Over Gladys
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VD 1
32Gladys' Rib
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D 1
33No Love Rib
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D 1
 samson's ribs 
35Left Ribs
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VS ** 
36Grand Finale Route
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HS * 
37Scuttle
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VS  
 holly tree crag 
39Holly Tree Slab
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VD  
 moon crag 
41Overhanging Route No 2
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S  
42Zigzag Route
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D  
43Overhanging Route No 1
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HS * 
44Short Slab Climb
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S  
 loch craig 
46Moonlight Traverse
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HS  
 girnal craig 
48Barbed Wire Route
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VD  
49Red Slab
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HS 1
50Petit Pois *VS 5a * 
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