Love locks removed from Arthur’s Seat

Couples who walk to the top of Arthur's Seat have been leaving so-called love locks for several years. Picture: Cat Gillon/TSPL
Couples who walk to the top of Arthur's Seat have been leaving so-called love locks for several years. Picture: Cat Gillon/TSPL
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DOZENS of love locks which were fitted by couples to metal bars at the top of Arthur’s Seat have been removed, it has emerged.

Officials said the padlocks were taken away because the peak is classed as a scheduled monument.

Bosses at Historic Environment Scotland said people could reclaim their padlocks from the park’s rangers.

Couples have been securing them to ground fixings used to tie barrage balloons during World War Two.

Huge balloons tethered with metal cables were used to defend against attacks by enemy aircraft.

Officials said they had to act because of the landmark’s protected status. A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland, which manages Holyrood Park, said: “As part of the on-going management of the park, which is a scheduled monument, a number of ‘love locks’ were removed from the summit area of Arthur’s Seat.

“The padlocks were cut away from the metal ground fixings that date back to World War Two, when it is believed they were used to secure barrage balloons.

“The padlocks removed are retained by our ranger staff for a short period of time and are available to be re-claimed, should any couples wish to do so.”