Corstorphine Hill

Wester Hailes and Corstorphine Hill
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Wester Hailes and Corstorphine Hill

Reaching a height of 162m (531 feet) to the north of the Corstorphine district of W Edinburgh, Corstorphine Hill comprises the eroded remnants of a dolerite sill, a body of igneous rock injected between pre-existing sediments. The dolerite is used for surfacing roads and siltstone once proved ideal as flagstones. Well-formed Cup-markings, probably dating from the Bronze Age, were discovered in 1991 and in 2000 Corstorphine Hill was designated a Regionally Important Geological Site in addition to its earlier designations as a Local Nature Reserve, Listed Wildlife Site and Nature Conservation Site. Near to its summit is Corstorphine Hill Tower (also known as Clermiston Tower or Scott Tower) and two air traffic control transmission masts, while on its southern slopes are Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Hospital and Murrayfield Hospital.

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