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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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Amazing views

A short climb gives a great view of Edinburgh. Generally just a great place to hang out an soak it in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A short climb gives a great view of Edinburgh. Generally just a great place to hang out an soak it in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It takes more than a few steps to get to the top and is a bit of a workout for the legs but it does give you great views of the city and beyond. On a sunny day it's great to just sit on the benches taking in the views of Arthurs Seat or chilling on the National Disgrace monument... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Calton Hill is a must see & offers some of the very best views of Edinburgh city, it's a short walk from Princess St and well worth the time & effort so be sure to go !!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I went early in the morning hoping to catch the sunrise. We forgot Scotland is quite cloudy, but the atmosphere was really nice none the less. I feel certain everything on this hill is a Victorian tourist trap but I'm okay with it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Any time is really great, but sundown is beautiful. The views are full around the hill. There are great little places to just sit and watch the world. Lovely spot!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It really deserves to be visited. Interesting monuments on the top of the hill as well as wonderful views are guaranteed. One point only: don't forget about upstears climbing, for old people it can be difficult.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were thinking of climbing Arthur's Seat but were unsure of our footwear so played it safe and decided to go here instead. It's a lovely walk straight from Prince's Street and not much uphill. It was a windy day when we went so nearly got blown over but it offers lovely views, and the Greek inspired monument is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely walk and fabulous scenery all around edinburgh. Best views in the city. Take the path, which winds around instead of the steps, for interesting views

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place for views of the old town and new town - you get a sense of the layout and also note how well Edinburgh has preserved its architectural heritage (e.g. no high buildings in the centre). The clock tower is interesting but costly with no concessions - why?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite simply a great place to visit on a sunny day. Nice wee walk ways and plenty of room to set a picnic or just relax. Views must be seen..

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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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