View of Edinburgh from the top of Corstorphine Hill Tower

Climbing Corstorphine Hill Tower

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Sun 30 Sep 2018

Today, my family and I climbed to the top of Corstorphine Hill Tower in Edinburgh. It was open this weekend as part of Doors Open Day. We didn’t realise until today, but it’s actually open every Sunday, 2 pm to 4 pm, in the summer months. However, it has just closed for winter.

Memorial tower in EdinburghMy kids are 3 and 5, and the short walk from the entrance on Clermiston Road to the tower was nice and easy for them. Corstorphine Hill Tower is a memorial to Sir Walter Scott dating from 1871, a hundred years after Scott’s death. There is a plaque above the door which states this.

Plaque above door of Corstorphine Hill TowerInside, there is a metal spiral staircase, which leads up to a viewing point at the top. There are 103 steps, but both my children managed it fine. When we got to the top we had spectacular views of the whole of Edinburgh. One of the best views you can get of the city. We also saw a huge rainbow stretched across the sky! There was a volunteer from the ‘Friends of Corstorphine Hill’ group at the top, who chatted to the kids and pointed a few things out to them, which I thought was nice.

View of Edinburgh from the top of Corstorphine Hill TowerWe also went to see Corstorphine Hill Walled Garden, which was on our way back down the hill. The Friends of Corstorphine Hill were involved with the restoration of this garden in 2003. And volunteers still look after it today. It’s a great little space and we had lots of fun looking around and playing in it.

Community garden in EdinburghThe tower will re-open to the public on Sunday afternoons next summer, around May time. You can keep an eye on the Friends of Corstorphine Hill website for more details. It’s a lovely walk and the views from the top of the tower are amazing.

Corstorphine Hill, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UP