To get some of the best views of the city, walk to the top of Calton Hill Edinburgh. With many Greek inspired monuments and lots of green, it is quite a contrast with the streets of the old town. Definitively worth the climb, especially at sunset to see the old buildings glow.
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Walk and Map of Calton Hill Edinburgh
To reach Calton Hill, walk on Princes Street towards the east. Below is a pictures of Princes Street from Calton Hill.
Below is the map of Calton Hill with the monuments and viewpoints:
See below the path leading to the grassy area and the the first monuments. This is coming from the Regent Street entrance.
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The most famous view from Calton Hill Edinburgh
The most famous and most photographed views of Edinburgh is taken from the back of the Dugald Stewart Monument. This is a memorial for the Scottish Philosopher Dugald Stewart modeled on the Greek architecture.
It makes a great foreground with the old town behind and the Edinburgh Castle at the back. This only issue is that people will keep standing in front of you to take their pictures. It gets quite busy at sunset...
View of Edinburgh Castle from Calton Hill
From the Edinburgh Calton Hill you can clearly see the other hill accross the old town with the Edinburgh Castle on top.
Can you see in the pictures below the medieval fortress above the other buildings. This is the castle.
Monuments on Calton Hill Edinburgh
You don't go to Edinburgh Calton Hill only for the views. Many monuments are located there.
- We already talked about the Dugal Stewart Monument.
- You also have the National Monument that looks like the Parthenon in Athens. It is a memorial to the Scottish soldiers who died during the Napoleonic Wars. Construction finished in 1829
- The Nelson monument is the tall tower commemorating Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. It is built at the highest point of Calton Hill (171m - 561ft) and is 32m high (105ft). Opened during the day, you can climb the 143 steps to get an even higher view of Edinburgh (Opening hours here)
- You can also find Observatory House and the Calton Hill Observatory. Inspiration is Greek again. You can learn more on the ROE website.
View of the sea from Calton Hill Edinburgh
As you walk around the hill, you discover the newest parts of the city of Edinburgh. On one side, you can see the sea and the island of Inchkeith.
South Slope of Calton Hill
The South slopes of Calton Hill Edinburgh are very steep. From there you have a really good views of the New Parliament House building.
View of Arthur's Seat from Edinburgh Calton Hill
Calton Hill Edinburgh really has 360° views of the city. On one side you can see Arthur's seat, the famous volcanic feature. There are some signs set up with geological explanation and benches to admire the view.
View of Calton Hill from Edinburgh Castle
Below is what Edinburgh Calton Hill looks like from afar. This was taken from the Edinburgh Castle. You can clearly see the Nelson monument and the National Monument.
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