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Calton Hill – Stunning views and architecture

Edinburgh is a town built on several layers: it winds down underground and climbs up steep hills and dormant volcanoes. If you are ready to get those calf muscles working, it really is a city to be explored, and the views will not disappoint!

There are three popular view points in the city centre to choose from, but my favourite, as an architecture fan, is Calton Hill. The hill, located right at the end of Princess Street not only provides stunning views across the city and the water but is the site of several beautiful pieces of architecture that many say gave Edinburgh the nickname, ‘The Athens of the North’. It is a steep climb of stairs and ramps and on a windy day, it will literally take your breath away, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Go up on fireworks night and you can save the fee for the show and watch with a big blanket, and some sparklers, or go in the summer months and have a picnic overlooking Arthur’s Seat and the Forth and over to the Kingdom of Fife. I love Calton Hill for its history: the architecture that lives here marks the transition from old town to architectural wonder of Scotland and most of it was designed by famous architect William Playfair.

If you’re only here for a few days, make sure it’s one of the places you visit, it’s one of the most stunning views in all of Edinburgh!

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Details about this spot



Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)