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Calton Hill forms part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site as well as its iconic skyline. Climb to the top in minutes and soak in views of the whole of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags and Princes Street.


Calton Hill forms part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site as well as its iconic skyline. Climb to the top in minutes and soak in views of the whole of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags and Princes Street. 
 

Besides stunning views of Edinburgh, you also will find some striking monuments atop Calton Hill. Marvel at the National Monument, an Athenian acropolis type structure, which is actually an unfinished replica of the Parthenon in Athens and a memorial to those who died in the Napoleonic wars. See, also the Nelson Monument, Dugald Stewart Monument, Political Martyrs Monument and nearby the old Royal High School and Robert Burns Monument. And don't forget to visit the Old Observatory House and the City Observatory both atop the hill.
 

During the Edinburgh Festival and Hogmanay, Calton Hill is a fantastic place to view celebratory fireworks displays. The Beltane Fire Festival a revived Celtic tradition, lights up Edinburgh's skyline when it comes to Calton Hill on the last day of April each year.




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