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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

4.7
#2 of 921 in Parks in Scotland
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. PutCalton Hill into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We went there on an early morning after visiting Holyrood Castle. It is within walk-able distance from it. Fortunately, we were among the only person there and had time to discover it. However, there....  more »
  • It’s a great place to go for a walk during the lockdown as there are not as many people there. Some of the best views of the whole Edinburgh such as the castle, the ocean and the sunset can be...  more »
  • An interesting place to spend an hour or so. Great views back towards the castle. Great story about the history of the unfinished National Monument.  more »
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  • Nice Park with views and things to see, gets very busy.
  • The weather would make differences for different days. It was on my side on the day of my visit.
  • Nice hill ... Get ready with the cold wind
  • You have to go here! It does get super busy so best to get here as early as possible!
  • Worth the climb! So go for it!

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