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
1 Arthur's Seat summit
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summit 118
  haggis knowe
  the long row
4 Petit Pois VS 5a *  
5 Jagerbomb Hangover E1 5c 1
6 Fallen Column Climb
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S * 6
7 Waverley Crack
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D 5
8 Stomach Layback
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S * 5
9 Editor's Crack
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D 2
10 Reporter's Crack
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VD 1
  the dassies
12 Question Mark Crack
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VD 2
13 Black Heart
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VS 4c 2
14 Vague Arete
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E3 6a *  
15 Black Edge
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E2 5c * 2
16 Raeburn's Crack
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S * 6
17 Cracked Slab Crack
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D 6
18 Cracked Slab
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VD 7
  dunsapie buttress
  red craig
21 Eureka
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HS *  
22 Red Buttress
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VS 4c  
23 Pentland Slab
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VD 1
  haworth's crag
25 Wee Chokestone Crack S 1
  raven's crag
27 The Gutter
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VS 4b  
28 Bacchus' Buttress Route
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VD  
  the lion's head
30 Red Chimney
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IV 3 1
31 Excalibur III 4
32 Hanging Over Gladys
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VD 1
33 Gladys' Rib
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D 1
34 No Love Rib
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D 1
  samson's ribs
36 Left Ribs
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VS **  
37 Grand Finale Route
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HS *  
38 Scuttle
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VS  
  holly tree crag
40 Holly Tree Slab
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VD  
  moon crag
42 Overhanging Route No 2
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S  
43 Zigzag Route
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D  
44 Overhanging Route No 1
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HS *  
45 Short Slab Climb
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S  
  loch craig
47 Moonlight Traverse
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HS  
  girnal craig
49 Barbed Wire Route
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VD  
50 Red Slab
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HS 1

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