I love taking open top bus rides when I first get to a city. Not only do you get a quick round-up of the best sights, but you also get local knowledge that helps you plan out the days ahead.
And it was thanks to our dry witted, passionate and knowledgable bus guide Colin, that I found myself on top of Calton Hill.
On our tour the day before, Colin had pointed up at a stone staircase leading away from the road, and had made the bold statement, “the best views of the city could be found from the top of Calton Hill”.
He wasn’t wrong.
As well as having amazing views across the city, Calton Hill holds some architectural splendours of its own. It’s home to the Nelson Monument, the National Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument, the old Royal High School, the Political Martyrs’ Monument, the Robert Burns Monument and the City Observatory.
That’s quite a name-drop and makes it a worthwhile visit just for those!
But the reason I was here, was to make the most of the remarkable late February weather, and snap me some iconic photos of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
So having left my dad at the bottom, and scaled the 143 steps to the top of the Nelson Monument, here are my best efforts.
If these don’t convince you to visit Calton Hill I don’t know what will!?
Where To Find Calton Hill
All of these photos were taken from the top of The Nelson Monument.
LOOKING SOUTH EAST
Arthur’s Seat, Holyroodhouse Palace, Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament
Princes Street with Edinburgh Castle in the Background
LOOKING NORTH WEST
The Observatory, New Town and the Firth of Forth
LOOKING SOUTH EAST TO WEST
Panoramic view from Arthur’s Seat across to Princes Street
LOOKING NORTH EAST
The Unfinished National Monument with Leith in the Background