Edinburgh Uncovered: Contrasts of Calton Hill walking tour

Edinburgh Uncovered: Contrasts of Calton Hill walking tour

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Meet in Greenside Place next to the OMNi Centre (w3w ///packet.costs.arrow)

Greenside Place



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A two-hour walking tour exploring Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill and revealing it as a place of contrasts.

About this event

Discover one of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks with a tour that takes you beyond just the well-known monuments!

Uncover Calton Hill’s past as a place of contrasts: celebration and persecution; education and incarceration; public parks and private gardens; and much more.

  • Discover how its spaces have been used over the centuries; from Medieval tournaments and modern festivals to burial grounds and time-balls.
  • Explore its grand Neoclassical terraces and hidden back streets as you hear about some of the people who have called it home including scientists, school boys, washer-women and whisky magnates.
  • Experience fabulous architecture and spectacular engineering as you learn about the Old and New Observatories, the Royal High School and the long-gone Calton Jail.

Previous guests have said:

"Interesting history walk around Calton Hill...I really enjoyed myself."

"Friendly informative guide...great way to visit the city."

"Brilliant ramble across and around Calton Hill...thanks for a great tour."


  • Pre-booking required.
  • Super-small groups of maximum 8 people.
  • This tour is given in English and is recommended for ages 16+
  • The meeting point is in a side-lane next to the Omni Centre, see attached map for details.
  • Comfortable footwear is recommended as this tour covers 3km and includes steps, steep slopes and uneven ground.
  • This tour takes place outside and will go ahead come rain or shine so please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
  • Due to the physical nature of this tour it is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties or heart conditions. Please contact Hetty's History Walks if these issues affect you and you wish to organise a mobility-friendly history tour.
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