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Name:Calton Hill
Hill number:14300
Height:101m / 331ft
Parent (Ma):1816  Allermuir Hill
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:Edinburgh (UA)
Catchment:Forth
Class:Tump (100-199m)
(Tu,1)
Grid ref:NT 26274 74096
Summit feature:exposed rock behind Nelson's monument
Drop:44m
Col:57m  NT259741  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 66
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Probably one of the most interesting of Britain's small hills !.. with so much to look at and so much history. Just how many monuments can you fit onto one small hilltop? Fascinating birds eye view of the heart of Edinburgh and hundreds of tourists from all around the world up here -in an array of fashion not normally seen on a hill. To top it all - weird and wonderful drummers and masked 'otherworldly creatures' were practicing for the end of October forthcoming Samhuinn Fire Festival when a dazzling mix of fire, drumming, acrobatics, and immersive theatre will awaken all over Calton Hill and gather for an epic struggle between Winter and Summer. Certainly scared the wits out of poor Junior -the Jack Russel with me, on our 3 hr circuit over 4 hills.Chris Pearson20/10/2019
From Regent Road southwest entrance, up the path that runs clockwise around the north side of the hill to the rock by the Nelson Tower.Mariana Trench10/10/2019
After exploring the botanic gardens, Lesley and i climbed up here to admire the 360 degree views.. We both set foot on the summit before continuing to explore Old Calton burial ground.. ..Dazingdale30/09/2019
With Jacqui and Henry (his first ever visit to the City). Fresh air and exercise after a day of galleries and sightseeing, followed by a meal in the Conan Doyle pub.Hillsidenick10/06/2019
Tower not climbedPeteF31/05/2019
From Edinburgh Waverley station with Caden and Traceyderrymark18/05/2019
A sunny evening circuit between trains of the summit, trig and nearby viewpoints. Following the tradition established by thejackrustles, I summited with a wheelie bag.Nick Down115/05/2019
Walked up from Leith with Sail.Dangerous Dave14/04/2019
with Liri and Lucyrobynetzan07/04/2019
with Liradie at 5amrobynetzan14/01/2019
Waverley Station to Calton Hill, Dunsapie and Salisbury Crags (path at foot of crags closed by rockfall, upper path ok)neimcv08/01/2019
with Annarobynetzan14/12/2018
with Liradierobynetzan09/11/2018
with kirstenrobynetzan03/11/2018
With Gill. Excellent views.ADT01/11/2018
First ever visit to City (day trip by train from Penrith). Bagged on route of 10km BWF Edinburgh City Trail. Obvious top with amazing views for a TuMPHillsidenick02/10/2018
with nancyrobynetzan26/05/2018
with Katherinerobynetzan23/05/2018
With Pru. After Salisbury Crags. Past the Scottish Parliament and up Calton Road and steps to Regent Road. Up road opposite east end of St Andrew’s House and past trig point, observatory, and Nelson Monument to summit. Many visitors still on the hill in late afternoon. By Waterloo Place and Register House to St Andrew Square to catch tram back to Ingliston.mainnirnamfiadh14/03/2018
From Holyrood car park.With Uncle Luke,Aunty Freddie,Grandma and Ali.lilyrosieives07/01/2018
Bagged between trains. On the way to North Berwick.assynt_bob19/12/2017
A little detour vía Waterloo Place whilst en route from Canonmills to South Bridge. Very busy todayJubilado05/12/2017
Here for the trigpoint. Had a wee space in the diary before meeting my bestest pal. You don't get many people up here with a wheelie bag, steeper than I thought but good to have it in the bag.thejackrustles19/10/2017
Walked along from Edinburgh Central SYHA for first hill of the day. High ground on SE side of Nelson's Monument.jonglew17/10/2017
Climbed from Royal Terrace on way back to Waverley Station after a seminar. Visited trig and summit area around Nelson's monument.Janet M16/10/2017
Fabulous view from the top of Nelson's Monumenthillsman30/09/2017
From Waterloo Steps.clivevilla24/06/2017
Revisit in the daylight with A. On way to rugby. Good views.PeterD13/05/2017
Short easy walk up from Princes Street. With PJB.trimarc213/05/2017
With DTL walked up from Waverley Stationr113/05/2017
hill no. 4 on 7 Hills run. from Arther's Seat via Croft an Righ, Regent Rd cemetery and steps from Waterloo Pl. Hoaching with tourists and then a 10 min downpour.niallp13/05/2017
Nice hill.amarillo-oro-como06/04/2017
Bagged on a circular walk around Edinburgh. High point is probably the exposed rock behind Nelson's monumentRamblingpaul05/03/2017
parked due south of the top.robertphillips08/02/2017
Bagged while staying in Ediburgh overnight after bagging Traprain Law and North Berwick Law earlier that day.DanTrig10/10/2016
8 Edinburgh city hills - route was Castle Rock, Calton Hill, Arthur's Seat, Blackford Hill, Braid Hills, Easter and Wester Craiglockhart Hills, Corstorphine Hill. 22 miles of running/walking.Lyns8117/09/2016
1st time on this date trying to complete 7 city hills.Lyns8110/09/2016
A circuit from Waverley Station of Calton Hill, Dunsapie, Salisbury Crags and the Abbotsford Bar.summitsup05/09/2016
Up from Princes Street on pleasant morning.Splendid views from top.With Bridget and Oscar.catman28/08/2016
With Bridget,Catman and Bonnie.oscarrosie28/08/2016
With Oscar,Catman and Bonnie.rosiebridge28/08/2016
With S & Csheila&chris08/06/2016
Easy walk from youth hostel. Summit probably in the vicinity of the Nelson Monument, paid £5 to go to top of tower for great views.Tony J07/06/2016
Dry, sunny, mild, calm, great views.iangalbraith28/02/2016
Easy, 2 minutes from city centre. Great views.will8922/01/2016
On way from friend's house in Edinburgh to Waverley Station. Easy access from main road to S.Mark Jackson02/01/2016
Quick ascent from Princes Street, while in Edinburgh for work. Nice little hillPeterD14/10/2015
BGS long service lunch at Howies, up hill after lunchUisdean2530/09/2015
Also 28/01/2002ianwatson27/07/2015
Sunday walk around Edinburgh, with Ruth going up the Crags, Arthur Seat and Calton HillJamesSDonald19/07/2015