Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile are must sees for the first time visitor. However, the Nelson Monument is one of the many attractions that catch a visitors eye.
Fondest memory: The Fringe Festival was incredible! What fortunate happenstance that I unwittingly scheduled my vacation to coincide with this event!
Favorite thing: The city centre of Edinburgh has two hills which offer scenic views of the city. Castle Hill is located at the western end of the Royal Mile in the Old Town, whereas Calton Hill can be found at the eastern end of the Princes Street in the New Town. Among amazing views, both hills offer historic buildings and monuments.
Favorite thing: This monument to Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, sits on Carlton hill. The stone signal-tower was designed to be tall enough to be seen by the shipping in Leith. It has its base 456 ft above sea-level and stands 106 ft high. In 1852 a time signal was installed at the top of the monument to enable captains of ships to set their chronometers accurately. A large time-ball drops at noon GMT on week-days. During the summer the lowering of the time-ball coincides with the firing of the one o'clock gun at 1 pm BST at Edinburgh Castle.
It's an over-ambitious attempt to replicate the Parthenon, but funds ran dry when only 12 columns were complete.
This Greek-style monument was also called the 'Athens of the North'.
Favorite thing: See Calton Hill. I never made it to Arthur's Seat and it seemed too cold to go, but I did climb the tall tower on top of Calton Hill. Note: asthmatics, do not climb both the Scott Monument and the tower at Calton Hill within the same hour. My legs are still sore from that.
Favorite thing: This is a good place to have an overview of the Old and New town when you arrive at the top. You can get there from the Waterloo Place. The Waterloo Place is in between the Princes Street and Regent Road.
Early in the morning and the joy of seeing the sun rise over Scotland's Capital.
Fondest memory: This is Calton Hill with the Nelson Monument to the left & the National Monument on the right.
Favorite thing: Go up to Calton Hill to get a wide angle view of Edinburgh … I was able to see the castle from here as well!
Favorite thing: The giant clocktower is part of the Balmoral hotel. It's a very posh hotel. This was taken from the top of Calton Hill, so we're looking west down Princes Street.