Hill is situated about half a mile east of the East End of
Princes Street. It affords impressive views along Princes
Street, to Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, and across the
Firth of Forth.
On the hill are two
observatories (one shown here, which still has a working
telescope), the Playfair Monument (shown here), the National
Monument (never completed), the Nelson Monument and an old
the foot of the steps leading down from the hill towards Princes
Street, behind a high wall is Rock House, the studio from which
the early photographers, Hill
and Adamson, produced their calotypes.