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Revealed: Mystery Arthur's Seat skier

Ski coach Gareth Trayner was captured hurtling down the Edinburgh landmark.

Daredevil: Gareth Trayner
&Copy; James MacDougall

The mystery skier who was pictured hurtling down Arthur's Seat on YouTube has been revealed.

Gareth Trayner, Head Coach of the British Children's Ski Team, made three "amazing" runs down the slope with two friends.

Captured by YouTube user y2james99 - real name James MacDougall - on his mobile phone, Mr Trayner is shown leaping from an overhang halfway up the hill.

Mr Trayner told STV that he and two friends - World Cup ski racer Finlay Mickel and ex-Scottish team athlete Jimmy Gill - made three "amazing" runs down the slope.

He said: “Finlay had been skiing the previous day at Hillend, and he suggested we go there for some runs. I thought – why not Arthur’s Seat?

“We originally tried the east side of the hill, but there’s a massive clearing there with a lot of gorse bushes so we decided to shift to the run on the video – skiing through gorse isn’t fun.

"We had three runs down this same slope, it was amazing, the best runs in Edinburgh we have ever had."

The trio raced down the slope in the direction of the Scottish Parliament before coming to a stop just before Queen's Drive at the base of the 823ft hill.

Mr Trayner added that he hopes the video brings a smile to people’s faces.

“There’s been so much talk about people being miserable in this weather, but there are a lot of people who are enjoying the snow – that’s what we were doing!"

However, he warned that less experienced skiers shouldn’t be tempted to copy him and his friends.

He said: “It’s fine for us to do it; we’ve all skied a lot. But it's a rocky run - you wouldn’t want someone thinking they could do it and hurting themselves.”

Historic Scotland, who look after Holyrood Park, also warned against copying the daredevil skier.

A spokesperson said: “Although we understand that people want to get out and enjoy the snow, it is important that this is done safely."

Mr McDougall, 27, said that he shot the video at 2pm in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 1 after going up the hill to take photos of the Edinburgh landscape. The video has had thousands of views since it was posted on YouTube.

The British Children's Ski Team is currently looking for sponsors.

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