Three Volcanoes

The Three Volcanoes story starts 340 million years ago, when the topography of Edinburgh was moulded by violent seismic eruptions. It then reveals man’s subsequent development of the land for defence, settlement, commerce and leisure.

Highlights include:

  • A journey from under the shadow of volcanic Castle Rock, through Edinburgh’s Georgian and Victorian industrial past to parkland where golf has been played since the mid 16th century.
  • The Queens Park and a world famous discovery by the “father of modern geology” at Arthur’s Seat.
  • The Palace of Holyrood House, the Scottish Parliament and the Canongate.
  • Volcanic Calton Hill and it’s panoramic views and memorials to war (including “Edinburgh’s Disgrace”).
  • The Medieval High Street, Lawnmarket, and Grassmarket.
  • A walk along the streets frequented by Burke & Hare, two of the most in-famous murderers of the 19th Century.
  • The site of the Nor’ Loch and a quiet city centre cemetery with its old watchtower, erected to deter Resurrectionists.