Nelson Monument

Calton Hill

Perched high on Calton Hill, at the cast end of the city centre, is the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory, and death, at the battle of Trafalgar, on 21 October 1805. The upturned telescope was designed by the architect Robert Burn, and built between 1807 and 1815. In 1852, a large time ball was introduced, which is lowered as the one o’clock gun is fired from Edinburgh castle each day.

Climb the 143 steps to see the tremendous views, framed by Fife to the north, the Forth estuary to the east, the Moorfoot hills to the south and the Forth Rail and Road Bridges to the west.