Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh – Ink in a Watercolour Moleskine

This scene shows part of the steep path, around Arthur’s Seat, known as the Radical Road. This road was named after the Radical War (The Scottish war of Insurrection) which was a short lived attempt to get better conditions for artisans, such as weavers, in 1820. It was feared that the “common working classes” might instigate rebellions, such as the French Revolution, and the road was built as a ploy to give meaningful employment to those workers effected by, among some things, new technologies putting strain on traditional working practices.

The Crags are situated below the west side of Arthur’s Seat – the prominent extinct volcano which is visible from most parts of Edinburgh. This path runs around the base of the Crags. Arthur’s Seat lies in Holyrood Park, a wonderful green space well used by walkers. Terrific views of Edinburgh are obtained from most parts of the park but best of all from the summit of the hill where, every May Day, a short Christian service is held to celebrate May 1st. It is said that young girls should wash their face in the dew from the top of the hill to ensure a lasting complexion.