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058 The Slidey Stane, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

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Description
This large wedge-shaped stone measures about 1.00 m x 1.00 m x about 0.40 m at it's highest end and sits on the western slope of Leonard's Crag, a prominent ridge in Holyrood park, Edinburgh. It appears to be a local volcanic origin as there are several stones of the same composition nearby. The stone sits in a small hollow on the hillside. The upper surface of the stone is polished smooth, perhaps from children involved with the ritual below.

Directions
The Slidey Stane is located not far from the park entrance at the Commonwealth Pool and Holyrood Park Road. Immediately on entering the park, turn left and follow the path along the boundary wall until past the trees. The stone is the grassy crag to your right, about 15 metres up the slope. It may be partially hidden if the grass is long.

Parking
Parking in the streets around this area is generally Residents Only and even metered parking can be difficult to find. The best option is to use one of the car parks within Holyrood Park itself and walk to this location.

Folklore
There is a local tradition, possibly involving a "right of passage", whereby children are taken to the stone by parents or grandparents and then shown to slide down the stone.

Fieldnotes
I came across a brief reference to a stone called the "Witches Stone" that once existed in King's Park, Edinburgh but had been destroyed. This reference was alongside another short note about another Witches Stone, this time near Ratho and known to have been destroyed some time ago. This latter stone had a tradition associated with it whereby women would slide down the stone as part of a fertility ritual. After some research I discovered that Holyrood Park was once known as King's Park and a quick online search came across a reference to the Slidey Stane. It does not seem too far fetched that the Slidey Stane may also be the lost Witches Stone!

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Edinburgh
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 350
Grid Reference: NT 2670 7270
GPS Reference: SLIDEY

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Other Sites Nearby
019 Stone, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.
045 Stone, St. Anthony's Well, Edinburgh.

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