• Posted:Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Travel Tip: Get outdoors in Edinburgh

The Scottish city of Edinburgh may be small but you will find there is a lot to see and do here. On a nice day in Edinburgh one of the best ways to see the city is from above. If you have a helicopter or a hot air balloon on hand, then great! But if not, don’t worry as there are two great vantage points to see Edinburgh from and they’re close to the city centre too.

Calton Hill is a hill in Edinburgh with some interesting landmarks at the top of it. One of these includes a Greek style ‘Acropolis’ originally called the ’National Monument’. It’s a small enough hill to walk up where you will be met with panoramic views of the city as well as some grassy slopes.

If you have a bit more energy and fancy a more challenging climb then turn your attention towards Edinburgh’s ‘Arthurs Seat’. This is a dominating peak in Edinburgh’s skyline and stands over 250 metres above the city. The walk to the top of Arthurs Seat is a popular one and on a fine day you will see many tourists and locals making their way up the walkways to the summit. Once you reach the top of Arthurs Seat the views are breathtaking.  As well as a birds-eye view of the city itself, you can also see across to Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and for many miles around too.

So if you want to get out and about in Edinburgh and get some great views of the city then take to Edinburgh’s hilly slopes. As well as being a healthy activity, it’s also a great free thing to do in Edinburgh.

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