Calton Hill is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Edinburgh. A magical place with panoramic views and lots to do. For travelers who tire of the city, Calton Hill is a great escape located in the city center. Take in the enchanting views of Arthur’s Seat, the sea, Holyrood Palace, and so much more! Though there are many reasons to visit Calton Hill, here are my top five.
History: Check out some of Scotland’s most iconic monuments like the National Monument, Dugald Stewart Monument, The Observatory, and Political Martyr’s Monument.
Views: Take in the 360 views of the city, the sea, Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Palace, and Holyrood cemetery. With so much to see, it’s easy to spend hours on this beautiful hill.
Get romantic: Bring a blanket and hit up Calton Hill for a magical sunset. If you’re an early riser, sunrise is even lovelier with fewer people around. An afternoon picnic is also a great way to enjoy all the hill has to offer.
Photos: Calton Hill is famous for its great pictures. Great lighting plus tons of monuments and bright green meadows, what’s not to love? Anyone visiting Edinburgh does themselves a disservice if they skip the hill photos.
Walk down the hill: Wander down the hill to Holyrood cemetery and check out the tombstones. When my fiance suggested we do this, I was skeptical. Why would I want to see someone’s grave? Turns out mid-1700 stones are pretty cool to see. I was even inspired to write a short story and made characters for some of the names. I felt like my mind had been transported to another time. I found myself trying to match names with faces. Once through the cemetery, we were left right in front of Holyrood Palace.
Finally, check out Calton Hill and make a day of it! Just a few things to know before you visit. The steps up to Calton Hill are located on Calton Hill/Regent Road and easily reachable by bus or walking. Be prepared to walk up several steps to reach the top. It’s great for everyone, families, couples, and groups. The best part of all is that it’s free! One more thing to do with one less expense.
Have you been to Calton Hill? Tell me about your experience. What did you do? What did you like or dislike and would you return? Or would you like to go some day? Let me know in the comments below!