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Calton Hill

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Broughton & Calton
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Address: off Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the...

Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.

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We found Carlton Hill on an early morning walk from our hotel How wonderful this was The views amazing The structures so filled with history Recommend this to all

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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braidwood
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We found Carlton Hill on an early morning walk from our hotel How wonderful this was The views amazing The structures so filled with history Recommend this to all

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A few steps up Calton Hill and you have a view of central Edinburgh. It was packed with photographers at sunset but still worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gorgeous views of arthur's seat and the surrounding landscape, worth the short climb, right near the city centre

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fairly easy walk from Waverley train station and gives impressive views of the city. On the one side you have the craggy rocks of Arthur's seat, to the north the river estuary/sea, and south/west the city centre.The Dugald Stewart Monument with the city in the background is probably one of the most recognisable sights in Edinburgh. Check... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A short but steep climb which may not be suitable all. The views are quite stunning especially on a clear day, there are beautiful views across the city, you can even see the forth bridges and across to Fife. Scotlands national monument is worth a look, and for a photo. We took our dog, and one thing to be aware... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk up can be a bit of a struggle if you are unfit like myself... However it is so worth it the buildings up the top such as the Nelson monument are well worth a look and the views of the city and out to the firth of forth are fantastic. Would recommend a walk up Calton hill to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Calton hill provides nice views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth without the length or effort of climbing Arthur's Seat. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk up to the top. There are a few buildings/monuments at the top, but the view is the main attraction. On a nice day, it's a great place to bring a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Truly brilliant way to look at the city from here,a lot of stairs to get to top but well worth the effort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is 100% worth the effort to climb this hill. The 360 degree views of Edinburgh are stunning and enable you to see so many highlights of the City including the Castle, Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyrood as well as some gems further afield like the Forth Road Bridge and the stunning snow capped peaks in the distance.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the time to get up to the top of Calton Hill on a clear day and you are rewarded with some stunning views. There's some interesting history there too including the Nelson memorial which is well worth the £5 entry to climb 145 steps for an even better view!!!

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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