Top 5 Hills and Viewpoints in Edinburgh

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Presenting tourists and locals with a daily mix of beauty and struggle, Edinburgh's hilly landscape is truly unique. The capital of Scotland is one of the only places that can turn a simple commute into an hour-long hike. Nevertheless, the views created by this unique landscape are what we believe to be Edinburgh's best kept secrets. Here at The Bonnie Camper we have rated our top 5 hills and views in Edinburgh. Let us know what you think!


5. Calton Hill

One of the most popular and easier viewpoints to access is Calton Hill. Located in the heart of the city, Calton Hill offers fantastic views across both the new and old town. Famous for its Athenian acropolis that stands at its peak, Calton Hill is an easily accessible hill that certainly delivers on city views.

4. Craiglockhart Hills

Located slightly further away from the city centre, but still easily accessible by bus, lies the Craiglockhart Hills. Nestled within the Craiglockhart Woods these hills provide beautiful views across the city and over the Firth of Forth to Fife. The fantastic forest paths really make you feel like you are far away from any city. Definitely a strong contender on our list!

3. Arthur's Seat

Providing some of the most breathtaking views across Edinburgh stands Arthur's Seat. An ancient volcano and Edinburgh's most famous hill rises above the city to a height of 822 feet. Located one mile east of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat is a must visit during a weekend in Edinburgh. Nevertheless, don't underestimate the climb as many tourists can be seen huffing and puffing their way up to the top. For those who enjoy a bit of a challenge, we recommend including the Salisbury Crags on your way up to enjoy even more spectacular views across the city.

2. Blackford Hill

Providing the perfect balance between city views and suburban vibes is Blackford Hill. On a clear Summer evening there really is no better place to be. A gentle incline to the top makes it a perfect spot for a relaxed drink or a picnic. A true contender for number one we cannot recommend Blackford Hill enough!

1. The Pentland Hills

Somewhat of an obscure choice for number one, but nonetheless deserving, are the Pentland Hills. Surrounding the outskirts of Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills provide a variety of charming walks and magnificent views. Not as inaccessible as what may first appear, the Pentland Hills can be easily reached by jumping on the number 10 bus to Bonaly. If you're lucky enough to find yourself here on a clear sunny day you will be able to see all the way across Edinburgh to the Highlands of Scotland. Pack a day bag as you're sure to find yourself spending the whole day exploring this beautiful part of the city.


Thanks for reading this blog post and we look forward to welcoming you on-board The Bonnie Camper sometime in the near future!

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