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    Arthur’s Seat

    Arthur’s Seat is the highest point in Edinburgh at 251m and along with Salisbury Crags form a prominent part of the Edinburgh skyline and can be seen from most parts of the city.
    Similar to the Castle Rock on which Edinburgh Castle is built, Arthur’s Seat was formed by an extinct volcano that erupted here 350 million years ago. Two stony banks on the east side of Arthur’s Seat are all that remains of an Iron Age fort built here 2,000 years ago.
    Explanations about the origins of Arthur’s Seats’ name vary; some believe it is derived from legendary castle of Camelot associated with King Arthur, other believe it is a corruption of the Gaelic name for ‘hill of the archers’.
    Arthur’s Seat can be accessed by paths and steps and offers stunning panoramic views of the city including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile & Calton Hill and the surrounding countryside for miles in all directions.
    There’s an Ordnance Survey view indicator at the top to help you locate various landmarks such as The Pentland Hills, Forth Bridges & Bass Rock in North Berwick.
    In 1836 five boys out rabbit hunting found seventeen miniature wooden coffins containing carved figures in a small cave on Arthur’s Seat. No-one knows for sure what the significance of the coffins were but some believe that they represent the victims of Burke & Hare.
    The remaining 8 coffins can be viewed at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. The coffins also get a mention in Ian Rankin‘s Inspector Rebus novel “The Falls“.

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