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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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#2 of 627 in Nature in United Kingdom
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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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  • It's a climb no matter where you start, we walked from the Scott Memorial, may 15 or 20 minutes, but it's up hill, no cars, no buses. Once up, there are several monuments, look out's and something bei...  more »
  • Carlton hill..is s great place for views of the city and leith. And Arthurs seat. Although there is quite a bit of construction and renovation work going on at the cafe and gallery building. The monum...  more »
  • Or the easiest view as probable the best is from the saddle!!! This is doable and if you get a nice evening it really is wonderful It will be nice when they finish the renovations .  more »

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