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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Calton Hill Reviews
Bei schönem Wetter sicher eine gute Sicht über Edinburgh und in die Ferne. Wir hatten leider keine Wetterglück. more »In fine weather, a good view over Edinburgh and into the distance. Unfortunately, we had no luck with the weather.
We love hiking up here and going for a stroll around all the monuments. Great views of the city too! more »
I and my friends came to Calton Hill early in the morning so there weren't many people yet and it was beautiful. The hill is overlooking the city of Edinburgh; it's a good vantage point. It's also home to several monuments that makes you feel as if you were in Athens or Rome. There were some benches available around the hill so you could sit and enjoy the view. It's free too.
I attended the Halloween night event, showing the ice king killing the fire king, then when Summer arrives at Beltane, the fire (Sun) king will kill the ice king, completing a year, and on and on it goes in the circle of life. Fantastic event, lots of make up and costumes, it was very busy, sold out well in advance. If you want to attend a show then book early, great night views of the city.
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