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Calton Hill

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Why locals love it

Calton Hill is one of the oldest public parks in the country and a favourite of locals ever since 1724. On the top there are great examples of classical architecture giving the city the nickname: "Athens of the North". In summer locals love sunbathing on the stairs of the Scottish "Parthenon", while in winter the hill is a great spot for sliding.

Why you should visit it

Calton Hill is an easy climb of only 5 minutes and you will be rewarded with stunning views over the Firth of Forth, Holyrood Park and the historic centre of Edinburgh. A perfect spot to catch a sunset or a sunrise. Or both!

Special tip

Visit the Beltane Fire Festival at the end of April to learn about ancient Gaelic traditions and welcome Scottish summer.

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4 Comments

such views, and such an odd monument
Louise
Local
February 13, 2018
Wonderful views over the city , river Forth and Fife, especially good for those who have not got the ability to climb Arthur Seat.
Michael
Local
October 5, 2017
Amazing views of a beautiful city. Great for photographers.
Lisa
Traveller
July 9, 2016
We loved it. Had the view is over the entire Edinburgh. We visited in the evening and enjoyed the city lights. Got lots of good pictures and the colums are beautiful. Worth a visit and not far at all.
Katrin
Traveller
November 29, 2015

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