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Calton Hill, Edinburgh
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Part of the city’s World Heritage-listed area, the grassy slopes of Calton Hill offer panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visible from this observation point are the city’s main shopping district and the historic Edinburgh Castle. Easily accessible on foot or by car, the hill is home to several historic memorials and buildings, including the National Monument and the City Observatory. On the steep southern slope of the hill you can also visit the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood Palace, and the old Royal High School. The venue for a number of special events throughout the year, the hill is a popular picnic spot for both locals and passing travelers. Put Calton Hill into our Edinburgh trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We went at night, with a full moon, with a bottle of wine. Ok, so it's cold, but this is Scotland so yeah... not a surprise. But the view is great, and the monuments up there are awesome. I fully reco...  more »
  • It is not as tall as Arthur Seat. However, it was totally worth the hike as you can get a nice view of Princes Street from it. It took me about 10 minutes to climb it. 
  • This park is only 5 minutes from Princess street and the Balmoral hotel. It offers great views all over the city and the surrounding areas (Arthur's seat, the Firth of Forth, ...). For sure a must see...  more »
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  • A absolute must when visiting Edinburgh. Really fantastic sights. Try and choose a day when the weather is good and clear. Don't do it after of before Arthur's seat unless you have a good level of fitness. Worth the trip up the tower. Gives you a good view of the castle and other land marks. Worth having a good camera for the pictures.
  • I recommend climbing the tower. The views here are great, of course. The Hill itself is pleasant. Nice landmarks to see. It's a less wild and physically challenging hike than Arthur's Seat but still with great views!
  • Well worth a visit. Fantastic panoramic views of Edinburgh as well as the historical points of interest. Calton Hill is a haven for photographers with great landscape/cityscape opportunities to be snapped up.. It's great for getting your bearings of the city whilst absorbing the scenery.
  • Calton Hill is a great place to see Edinburgh and it's a very easy climb. Lots of places to get good photos of the city, landscapes, etc. There are plaques that provide information on what you're looking at. There's also a small art gallery, cafe, 3 monuments and several paths to explore. Nice way, on a clear day, to spend a couple of hours exploring.
  • a lovely place to get great views over the city. really nice for a sunset view too. there's some cool architecture to look at. we came here for the beltane fire festival which was lots of fun. event ran smoothly and it was easy to get around the hill.