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The View from Calton Hill

Calton Hill Sign

Like many Edinburgh residents and visitors I’m quite partial to getting a good view across our wonderful city. To soak up the picture postcard views, to watch the city below, to simply take in the view and, of course, enjoy the open gasps of visitors who don’t realise quite how good the view is (or how steep the hill would be).

Last Friday I finished my 9-5 a little early and because it was a brilliantly sunny afternoon, with a big sunset on the cards and I happened to have my camera with me (I was taking photos for the next instalment of the Places to Get Coffee guide) I decided to go take a walk up Calton Hill to see the city in all it’s winter glory.

Dalton Hill steps

The steps and the hill is pretty steep – there were a few daring tourists who were pacing up – but those lion-clad railings take you to some great views.

Looking out over to the snow-covered Pentland Hills and watching Leith and Fife turn golden in the last glow of the sun it’s a brilliant view. Click on any of the photos below to see the full-sized version.

Pentlands from Calton HillView From Calton Hill

But of course there is one view above all others that people trek up this little mound for – that postcard view looking west over the city centre, soaking up the New and Old Towns, the hills and, of course, Edinburgh Castle.

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Calton Hill SignCalton Hill Sunset

An Edinburgh native who loves discovering the new places and rediscovering old favourites, then taking photos and writing about it.

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