"he arose to make an excursion to the top of Arthur’s Seat"
Arthur's Seat
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Arthur’s Seat, which lies at the centre of what is now Holyrood Park (also known as Queen’s Park and formerly King’s Park), is the highest peak in Edinburgh. The 823 ft. high hill, the site of an extinct volcano, is said to resemble a crouching lion keeping watch over the city. Known for its wild beauty, it resonates with folklore and has been immortalised in the writings of Scottish novelists and poets including Richard Gall and Sir Walter Scott.