In 2018 Historic Environment Scotland closed the Radical Road that runs around the base of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on safety grounds following a 50-tonne rockfall.

The road is a popular route that was surfaced by ‘radical’ weavers from the west of Scotland in a scheme created by Sir Walter Scott to reduce the amount of energy they had for political activities.
The closure of the route has removed access to the area for climbers, tourists and those wanting to view the spot where geologist James Hutton discovered evidence that the core of the earth was molten. In closing the Radical Road Historic Environment Scotland did not follow the correct process for temporarily closing a right of way.

The Cockburn Association, Mountaineering Scotland, Ramblers Scotland and ScotWays have written to Historic Environment Scotland highlighting inconsistencies in how closures within the Park are managed and asking for a Park wide strategic management plan to be urgently prepared. You can see a copy of the letter here.