For interesting monuments, tremendous views over Edinburgh and a spot of exercise (something I definitely need at this time of year!), just head to the east end of Princes Street and walk up Calton Hill. You can drive and park at the top if you prefer, but it’s a pleasant walk if you’re up to clambering some steps.
The hill is host to a number of events during the year, and provides a great viewpoint for Hogmanay and Festival fireworks, but most days you’ll find it a quiet spot.
There is a pleasant path around the top of the hill so that you can enjoy views in all directions, …
Up on the top, you’ll find the National Monument of Scotland. This “acropolis” was erected as a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars and it is modelled on the Parthenon in Athens.
While you’re up here, don’t miss out on the Nelson Monument, a tower built between 1807 and 1815 to commemorate Horatio Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the battle at which he died.
In 1853 a time ball was added, as a clock for shipping in Leith harbour. The ball is still dropped at 1 o’clock every day.
Before you leave the hill, take the steps to the top of the tower for even more views across the city and a peek back down at the National Monument.
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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 January 2016