Firefighters spend eight hours tackling Arthur’s Seat blaze

Dozens of firefighters have spent the night tackling a large gorse fire on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

Around 800 square metres of gorse was ablaze on the Salisbury Crags, with flames visible across the city on Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday.

Two fire engines initially went to the scene after the alarm was raised at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, before later being joined by another two along with an all-terrain vehicle from Dunblane.

It came as fire crews in West Yorkshire battled a major blaze on Saddleworth Moor.

Dozens of bystanders went to watch firefighters tackle the blaze Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) left the scene at around 2.45am.

Dozens of bystanders went to watch the scenes unfold through Tuesday evening, with many taking to social media to share images of the fire.

Police said Queen’s Drive was closed between Dynamic Earth and the Commonwealth Pool while emergency services dealt with the incident.

A cyclist takes in the scene of the fire at Arthur’s Seat Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

The SFRS also said they had received 197 calls about the fire by 8.30pm.

There were no reports of any injuries.