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Clan Walker Accommodation

near Holyrood Park, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh

We are in a superb location, just a short 5 minute walk from Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat



Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (823 feet), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is quite easy to climb, and is a popular walk. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the East, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.

Many claim that its name is a derivation of a myriad of legends pertaining to King Arthur, such as the reference in Y Gododdin. However it has also been claimed that the name is a corruption of the phrase "Archer's Seat" on the supposition that the rock was a significant point of city defence in the Middle Ages.

View of Arthur's Seat from room 5 of the Clan Walker Guest House in Edinburgh

View of Arthur's Seat from Room 5


Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland. It is regarded as a microcosm of Scottish scenery, with a stunning array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of whin packed into its landscape. The park includes Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat, the Salisbury Crags, St Margaret's Loch, Dunsapie Loch, Duddingston Loch, St Margaret's Well, St Antony's Well and St Anthony's Chapel. It was also called King's Park and now Queen's Park.

The main route through the Park is closed on Sundays to motor vehicles


Views of Holyrood Park, only 5 minute walk from the Clan Walker Guesthouse, bed and breakfast Edinburgh


Salisbury Crags

The Salisbury Crags are a series of 150 foot cliffs at the top of a subsidiary spur of Arthurs Seat which rise in the middle of Holyrood Park. Below the foot of the cliffs is a large and steep talus slope falling to the floor of Holyrood Park with a track known as the Radical Road running in the space between the two. This track was given its name after it was paved in the aftermath of the Radical War of 1820, using the labour of unemployed weavers from the west of Scotland at the suggestion of Walter Scott.[2]

The cliffs are formed from steep dolerite and columnar basalt and have a long history of rock climbing on their faces starting from the earliest days of the sport and leading to a number of traditional climbing and sport climbing routes being recorded. In recent years the Park Police (previously under the auspices of the Royal Estate and now Historic Scotland, who have taken over management of the park) have attempted to regulate access to the cliffs for climbing. One now needs to apply for a permit,free of charge, at the education centre to the east of the park in order to be allowed to climb. There is still some activity, though most of it is bouldering rather than free climbing. The finest areas are in the two quarries, although it is only in the south quarry that climbing is still permitted at this time. The South Quarry contains the Black Wall, a well known bouldering testpiece in the Edinburgh climbing scene. On a somewhat less cheerful note, the Crags are a popular suicide spot.


Salisbury Crags near the bandb, b&b Edinburgh Guest Houses


96 Dalkeith Road, Newington, Edinburgh, EH16 5AF, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

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At the Clan Walker Guest House ALL rooms are En suite and contain the following:

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Shower, wash hand basin and Toilet, Towels, bath mat, Moisturising Soap, Shampoo and Shower gel, cotton wool, and cotton buds.

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Events in Holyrood Park 2008

IAAF World Cross Country Championships

IAAF World Cross Country Championships is the most important competition in international Cross country running. Held annually and organised by International Association of Athletics Federations, it was inaugurated in 1973, when it replaced the International Cross Country Championships.

Traditionally, the World Cross Country Championships consisted of four races: one each for men (12km) and for women (8km); and one each for junior men (8km) and for junior women (6km). Scoring was done for individuals and for national teams. In the team competition, the finishing positions of the top six scorers from a team of up to nine are summed for the men and women, respectively, and the low score wins. For the junior races, the top three from a team of up to four are scored.

The year 1998 saw the introduction of two new events at the World Cross Country Championships, a short race for men and a short race for women. The last time these 4km races were held was 2006, and there are no public plans to bring them back.


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