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 
4Petit PoisVS 5a * 
5Jagerbomb HangoverE1 5c 1
6Fallen Column Climb
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S *6
7Waverley Crack
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D 5
8Stomach Layback
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S *5
9Editor's Crack
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D 2
10Reporter's Crack
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VD 1
 the dassies 
12Question Mark Crack
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VD 2
13Black Heart
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VS 4c 2
14Vague Arete
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E3 6a * 
15Black Edge
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E2 5c *2
16Raeburn's Crack
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S *6
17Cracked Slab Crack
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D 6
18Cracked Slab
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VD 7
 dunsapie buttress 
 red craig 
21Eureka
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HS * 
22Red Buttress
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VS 4c  
23Pentland Slab
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VD 1
 haworth's crag 
25Wee Chokestone CrackS 1
 raven's crag 
27The Gutter
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VS 4b  
28Bacchus' Buttress Route
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VD  
 the lion's head 
30Red Chimney
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IV 3 1
31ExcaliburIII 4
32Hanging Over Gladys
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VD 1
33Gladys' Rib
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D 1
34No Love Rib
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D 1
 samson's ribs 
36Left Ribs
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VS ** 
37Grand Finale Route
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HS * 
38Scuttle
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VS  
 holly tree crag 
40Holly Tree Slab
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VD  
 moon crag 
42Overhanging Route No 2
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S  
43Zigzag Route
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D  
44Overhanging Route No 1
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HS * 
45Short Slab Climb
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S  
 loch craig 
47Moonlight Traverse
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HS  
 girnal craig 
49Barbed Wire Route
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VD  
50Red Slab
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HS 1

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