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Address: off Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
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Description: Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the...
Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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well worth the walk!

My travel companion and I did Calton hill instead of Arthur's seat, and I am quite glad we did. The walk up was not overly strenuous and the views at the top were phenomenal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My travel companion and I did Calton hill instead of Arthur's seat, and I am quite glad we did. The walk up was not overly strenuous and the views at the top were phenomenal. Great place to get views of old town, the sea, and arthur's seat. Monument was interesting enough, but go for amazing photographs of Edinburgh

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The hill provides you with a great view of Edinburgh for people who don't want to hike up Arthur's seat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Took a walk up the hill on a fresh Sunday morning and the views over Edinburgh and across the water to Fife were staggering.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A short walk from town and easy climb up stairs brings you to Calton Hill. Great open space and plenty of things to climb will keep the kids happy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you wish to see the city of Edinburgh, I think Calton Hill is the best place to provide a perfect view. You can see old town, new town, and even the nearby islands, the forth bridge, etc. You can also climb up to Nelson Monument, to get even better views. You can bring picnic basket and enjoy the breathtaking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

After checking into my hotel at 8 am, I had the entire day at my leisure. My tour guide suggested I come here for a view. So after being a bit jet lagged and dehydrated, I made my way up the hill. Finally reaching the top after nearly fainting and losing breath, I got to see the view and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great to take a walk up and take in the views over Edinburgh. Even better if you think to take up some food for a picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Definately worth a visit for great views of the city one side and coast on the other. It is only a 10 minute walk from Waverley station and well worth it to get a perspective on the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

easy hike to an amazing view. i actually preferred the view of the city from calton hill than from arthur's seat, although what you get from arthur's seat is the grandeur

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I think Calton Hill actually offers more views as compared to Arthurs Seat as it has a wider circumference. In addition, Calton Hill is way easier to climb! You can even sit there for a picnic on a good day!

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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 neighborhoods 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 epicenter 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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