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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. 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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  • Great views with a little exercise thrown in. The views are fantastic and the mix matched architecture is unique. The walk up was not challenging and well worth the time to make the trek  more »
  • Exhilarating walk up either a winding gentle slope or steeper more challenging steps lead to this beautiful spot. Views over Edinburgh are worth the short hike. Take a picnic or enjoy the cafe.  more »
  • A fantastically positioned monument in which to look over all of Edinburgh's landmarks. We walked to this point after a delicious lunch to let the food settle before travelling back to Peebles. I...  more »
  • 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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