Calton Hill - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the view from the highest point of Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Picture taken in May 2009 from the northern viewpoint overlooking the Leith and out to the Forth of Firth.
Calton Hill - FURTHER INFORMATION
Calton Hill - Edinburgh visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Calton Hill' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Lothian.
Calton Hill rises from the middle of Edinburgh with good panoramic views over both the Old Town and New Town, and all the way from Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park to Edinburgh Castle and over the Forth of Firth. Paths lead up Calton hill from surrounding streets and the open spaces provide a quiet respite from the city below.
On top of the hill are numerous buildings and monuments which have become tourist attractions in their own right. First among these is probably Nelson's Monument, built in memory of Admiral Nelson and containing a Time Ball on top of the tower. 143 steps lead up a spiral staircase to a viewing platform at the top. The monument is open to the public. As well as providing even clearer views over the city, this vantage point allows aerial views over the City Observatory. Central to this complex is the Playfair Building, built to look like a Greek temple and housing two telescopes. The oldest part of the complex is the Gothic Tower on the north corner.
Possibly the strangest monument on Carlton Hill is the National Monument, a memorial to those who died during the Napoleonic Wars. It is modelled on the Pantheon in Athens and looks like it is incomplete, though original plans would suggest this may be intentional. Lastly on the western end of the hill is the Dugald Stewart Monument, built as a memorial to Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart in 1831 and modelled on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.
Built on the northern flank of Carlton Hill is St Andrew's House built in 1930's next to the castellated Governor's House which was built in 1817. This was once part of the Old Calton Gaol which was at one time the biggest prison in Edinburgh.
Calton Hill hosts the annual Beltane Fire Festival on April 30 each year. It is also a great place to watch fireworks during the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks and Hogmanay displays.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Footpaths lead up Carton Hill from Regent Road and Royal Terrace.