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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Calton Hill Reviews
Well worth the climb up to the top whether you go up Jacobs ladder or around by the Ai Road and then up, you can spend some time here taking in the views, well worth the hike up with historical... more »
If you want to overlook the city but don't feel like tackling Arthur's Seat then Calton Hill is for you. Very pretty at sunset especially if you can time it right. 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.
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