Calton Hill
Calton Hill
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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  • RobLTulsa
    Bixby, Oklahoma13 contributions
    Most beautiful view in the world?
    There may be equally beautiful views in a single direction from various places, like Artist's Point in Yellowstone or El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite, but Calton Hill has a dragon's hoard of spectacular vantage points. Edinburgh Castle and Old Town to the west, Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags to the South, Fife and the Firth of Forth to the North and Inchkeith Island in the Atlantic to the East. All with the beautifull monuments atop Calton Hill itself in the foreground. For the rest of my life, anyone who tells me about their "most beautiful place in the world" will be dismissed as irrelevant if they haven't also seen Calton Hill.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • SueWestYorkshire_10
    Wakefield, United Kingdom829 contributions
    Great views
    Great views of the city. If you don’t feel confident to attempt Arthur’s seat then visit this area and walk up the steps to the top of the park and you’ll get fabulous views of the city and beyond as well as taking in the monuments: highlight being Temple of Athena which is very imposing on the landscape. Well worth an hour or more wandering here to get good photos
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Cary L
    Ennis, Ireland239 contributions
    A beautiful park
    Calton Hill is right in the heart of the city and you can hike up to the top in just a few minutes. Once you're up there the views of the city and the bay are fantastic and it gives you a chance to see the whole city laid out before you. You can bring a picnic and if it is a sunny day have a beautiful day out in a beautiful park. Definitely worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 May 2023
  • ceetom1
    Chino Hills, California396 contributions
    Good views and within walking distance of the main train station.
    Visited here on our first day to Edinburgh since it was fairly close to our hotel (Hilton Carlton). Got some nice views of the surrounding area from the hill top. Would plan anywhere from 15 mins to an hour here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • 8Cov
    33 contributions
    Do not leave Edinburgh without visiting!
    Weather was really great on my trip, so after I pretended I could walk up Calton Hill without my lungs bursting, it was well worth it. The view of the city and monuments, just epic. So glad I got off the Hop on Hop off bus to visit. Views of the North sea beautiful also. Really nice spot to have a picnic and took some lovely pictures, with the sounds of the bagpipes in the background gave a great atmosphere.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,039 contributions
    Edinburgh's Acropolis
    This is a must see place while in Edinburgh. We stopped here during a half day tour of Edinburgh and loved it. The summit is lined with monuments depicting important chapters in Edinburgh's history and offers beautiful, long range views. From here you can view the Firth of Forth port and the transition from New Town to Old Town. Some of monuments and structures you will see include Lord Nelson's monument, the very Greco-Roman National Monument and the natural prominence of Arthur's Seat, the highest point in and around Edinburgh. A visit is well worth your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Michelle A
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Great views and it five mins steepish climb. Well worth ut
    Amazing views and so close to princess St at the Station end. It's steep for about five minutes but well worth the views. Stunning. You could easily spend a couple of hours there. Toilets too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Ali v
    9 contributions
    A view worth the tired legs.
    This was at the top of my list so I could see all my of Edinburgh in the little time I had. It was a windy, drizzly Monday last week after a long flight from the US, but I wanted to try to see it Not for the weak as the climb is straight up stairs then a fairly steep walkway. There are no good testing places and the hill continues up when you reach the site. The views are quite stunning and interesting. I was interested in taking photos and the opportunities were endless. The view of Arthur’s Seat was magnificent even in the brief downpour. Edinburghs complete layout is at your feet. Though challenging, I would happily do it again especially to see it at sunset.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Ian L
    Perth, Australia542 contributions
    Looking down on everyone!
    As long as you are reasonably fit, it's well worth slogging up the steep walkway. Great broad views of Edinburgh from different sides of the hill. Some interesting old monuments and buildings (including City Observatory) at the top of the peak as well. May have been the result of volcanic activities 340+ million years ago but feels pretty safe now. It's really enjoyable taking look at all the old buildings, viewpoints, Roman structures and monuments while at the top. And rug up, it's a bit cool and windy at times.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Nathanael Sadgrove
    Manchester, United Kingdom51 contributions
    A must do
    A relatively short hike (if you can find the proper path entrance) to a spot that give amazing views across the city. A small museum is present at the top aswell as various information boards regarding local, Scottish, and British history. But worth it just for the views (on a good day) alone.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
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Peteyz Z
United Kingdom45 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
a short walk up some stairs leading to an amazing place, you will keep taking phtographs of all the fantastic views and the monuments
Written 24 February 2024
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Supranatural Tales
Milton Keynes, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Situated at the east end of Princes Street sits Calton Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For sweeping city views from practically any spot, this is your place. Consider this sanctuary the perfect Kodak moment location for stunning views — and free of charge. Some may say that this is one of the most photogenic spots in town. In other words, this is where to get that iconic Edinburgh shot.
Written 5 February 2024
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Chloe M
Solihull, UK103 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Definitely worth a walk up Calton Hill if you're visiting Edinburgh, great views from the top and lots of photo opportunities!
Written 22 January 2024
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Dominika
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had super sunny weather and the view was amazing! Lovely architecture and magical "gate to fairy world" :)
Written 14 January 2024
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Chris Friel
6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Views were amazing towards the old town and castle and towards leith on the opposite side. Bit of a climb if you are unfit but good for stretching the legs
Written 7 January 2024
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Parker Sturbridge
992 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Impressive views and some really nice architecture on top. Not sure what the original intent was for this location, but there are some really nice monuments on top, plus great walking. Expansive, panoramic views of Edinburgh and the hills beyond.
Written 9 December 2023
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ColAIDenison
Ashford, UK237 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A great place to open lungs on a cold Sunday morning in December. A fine climb to the top of the hill and then some glorious views over the Firth of Forth and Arthur’s seat and the whole of the City. Well worth the climb!
Written 3 December 2023
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irve2016
Sydney, Australia1,075 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Calton Hill is a great place to see spectacular views of the city, easy to get to if you are on The Hop on Hop Off Bus there is a stop right near the gate.
Written 17 November 2023
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Wa5
Oro Valley, AZ10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I have to tell everyone that you need to take an Uber to this place as walking to this spot is not recommended for everyone. Nothing to see or do.
Written 17 November 2023
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diceman13
New Orleans, LA181 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
The view is so amazing it is breath taking. Also some very old structures to explore. It is on a hill so be prepared for some walking. But it is worth it.
Written 14 November 2023
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