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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

#2 of 922 in Parks in Scotland
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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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  • Steep climb for some but worth it for the views! We hiked up an evening in September and it was busy! Lots of people exploring, picnicing and taking photos.  more »
  • If the weather is fine, Calton Hill is a must do! The views across the cxity and the Firth of Forth are spectacular. It's a fairly steep climb up with a lot of steps and once up there, you can walk...  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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