Calton Hill

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A minor hill in the centre of town that offers spectacular panoramic views of Edinburgh and a cluster of historical monuments

Calton Hill pops up just beyond the east end of Princes Street like Arthur’s Seat’s hyperactive younger sibling – lacking the gravitas of its big brother, it overcompensates with an almost ludicrous pick and mix of monuments. The most striking is the enjoyably ridiculous National Monument of Scotland – originally intended as a memorial to soldiers killed in the Napoleonic Wars, the Parthenon-like structure was left half-finished when the project ran out of cash. Also of note are the City Observatory (which became less impressive when the Royal Observatory was erected on Blackford Hill), the Nelson Monument (a conical tower that looks like an upturned telescope) and the Dugald Stewart Monument (a many-columned temple that, when lined up with the Balmoral Hotel and Edinburgh Castle in the background, is the star of many an iconic Edinburgh postcard). All of which makes Calton Hill an enjoyable place to amble over for an hour, with some spectacular panoramic views to boot.

By: Niki Boyle

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Venue name: Calton Hill
Address: Regent Road
Edinburgh

Price: free
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Arnaud H
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One of those places that make me dearly miss Edinburgh.


What else is there to say but that it's one of those refreshing, invigorating walks you can take right from the city center, with a bunch of stoned monuments that become your friends after your first visit. The view over the city is amazing, where you can see Arthur's seat, the Castle, and the houses, streets and buildings that lie within those high points. Over the hill you also have a perfect view on the sea, overlooking Leith.

I recommend going in the early evening to enjoy the dimming of the light...