Arthur's Seat, a prominent Edinburgh landmark and popular visitor destination.
This evening, I am posting information on Arthur’s Seat, an elevated hiking destination in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Arthur’s Seat represents the core of a 350m year old, extinct volcano. What remains is called a volcanic pipe (agglomerate) as most of the covering cone structure has been eroded.
The summit is 251 meters or 889 feet high, a prominent feature in the Edinburgh landscape. Persons reaching the summit are, subject to visibility, rewarded with excellent views of Edinburgh, Leith and Firth of Forth.
Origin of the name is opaque. It may refer to the legendary King Arthur or represent a corruption of ‘Archers Seat’ dating back to the times when archery practice was mandatory for able-bodied men.
More information on Scotland’s geology can be found here.