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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Categories: Geologic Formations, Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The Hill is just a short walk from the city centre, and it has great views across Edinburgh, both on the area of the Castle by the sea side. Very beautiful and particular monuments.
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  • If you don't have enough walk in Edinburgh, I advise you to climb that Hill you can enjoy a wonderful view on the city of Edinburgh! And if it's sunny, you to will be more satisfied with the result for your photos!
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  • My wife and I stayed on the Royal Mile, and Calton Hill was a short 15 minute walk across the North Bridge to get to. We looked upon the hill from our hotel room, and weren't sure if we were going to ...  read more »
  • Had the best time with family up there. It's very relaxing with breathtaking views up there. Perfect for picnics and silly photos :)
  • We honestly don't know why they had to install a gate and have some guy waste his time ripping tourists off for £5 to go up the few floors To The Top of this modest stone tower? The views all round from the edge of the Hill provide more than enough photo apps of Edinburgh Old Town or Edinburgh towards the Firth of Forth which you can see clearly in the distance on a nice day. The walk is not very difficult and will be just enough to provide you with some healthy heart beats lol
  • Its bit of of uphill walk but really beautiful view of Edinburgh from hill top. Highly recommended.
  • Good on good weather days. I like the Beltane Fire Festival that is held here, there is some unusual monuments and buildings that i still have no idea what purpose they serve, but worth a visit, easy to get to, can be very windy on this hill so bring a pullover and a camera.
  • It's not too much effort to climb up. You get a very nice view of Edinburgh. The sunset is fantastic, so consider going there in the evening.
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