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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 itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • From the top of the Hill, you can admire the city and the sea and take your breath away. A walk to do absolutely better at sunset when sunlight (if any) brightens all the major sights. lucky us, despite the ...
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  • Not a hard or steep climb. Takes about 10-15 mins at normal pace to reach the top. Couple of view points once you finish the climb. Surely picture worthy views of the city.  more »
  • The effort of the climb is rewarded by the splendid view to 380 °! Mix of history, nature, culture Point of view majestic!
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  • Such an amazing hill just in the centre of the city. Something that is really beautiful, you can enjoy a lovely view from this here so you can see all the centre of Edinburgh you must see this place. Be ready to take a lot of pic, you will be in love.
  • Calton Hill is well worth a great view towards the Castle, recently they were doing some construction work but it won’t interrupt to enjoy the view of Princes Street and the skyline of the Scotland's capital city. Don't forget to take your camera or video recorder, you have great chance to made some of the most amazing memories.
  • Early morning walk up to Calton Hill just before we had to get train home....after a while previous day of rain I hoped I could see the view....but unfortunately it was rather foggy. Still managed to take a nice photo as the sun started to break through. Take your time going up the hill as it's rather steep.
  • You have to stop here while you're in Edinburgh! Very close to the city center (not even a 10 min walk from the train station). Once you're there, it's pretty easy to get to the top - only a couple of minutes, if that, via a staircase. Stunning views of Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh. You don't want to miss it!
  • Amazing place! Lovely place to just sit down and enjoy the view. The monuments up there make the place even better!
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