Situated at the East End of the New Town’s Princes Street, this volcanic hill commands a stunning panoramic view of Edinburgh to the Pentland Hills, Arthur’s Seat in the Queen’s Park, the Firth of Forth over to Fife and eastwards along the coast. This is one of the more easily accessible hills and the walk is well worth the effort as the views are spectacular. At the top there are several of Edinburgh’s most prominent monuments to discover; the City Observatory, the Nelson Monument with its still-functioning time ball, and of course, the impressive incomplete National Monument, more commonly known to locals as Edinburgh’s Disgrace. You’ll hear the history and tales about Calton Hill and these monuments together with others that you will see on the hill and get an overview of the landscape of the city and how it was formed.
Calton Hill can be added into any tour of the New or Old Town and we will pass many points of historical interest along the way.