Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Exploring Edinburgh: Calton Hill

Edinburgh is a beautiful place to live for many reasons and one of them is the sheer amount of beauty spots and landmarks right in the centre of town. One of the loveliest walks to take on a sunny day is to Calton Hill, a mere 20 minute walk from the town centre to hilltop (and that's at my slow pace). Just a short walk from the east end of Princes Street and you can get some of the best views of the city and see several key Edinburgh monuments to boot - the Dugald Stewart Monument, Robert Burns Monument, Nelson Monument and the biggest one, the National Monument.  The latter is known to locals as Edinburgh's Disgrace, due to the fact it was never quite finished because of a lack of funds (a somewhat familiar story? *cough*trams*cough*). Modelled upon the Parthenon in Athens, it's still a pleasure to gaze upon its columns and think about what might have been and it's a popular place to have a seat and enjoy the sights. With views out to the Firth of Forth, Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s Seat, it's best to visit Calton Hill on a sunny day with your camera and prepare to be dazzled.


  1. Stunning pictures! I'm fairly new to the city, and went up Calton Hill for the first time on Guy Fawkes night. I was dying to see what the views were like in the sunshine, and ended up visiting just two days later. Easily one of my favorite spots in Edinburgh.

    x Leda