Hills in Edinburgh

Hills In Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is traditionally said to have been "built on Seven Hills", presumably in an attempt to liken the city with Rome which was also supposedly built on seven hills. While there is considerable room for debate as to which hills are included and excluded from the seven, seven possibilities are listed in this old rhyme:

Abbey, Calton, Castle grand, Southward see St Leonards stand, St Johns and Sciennes as two are given, and Multrees makes Seven.

The Pentland Hills are also just to the south of the city, and their lower slopes are within the city boundary, especially around Hillend/Swanston and Balerno.

Some of the hills are formed from ancient volcanic processes, and all show the effect of glaciation.

Read more about Hills In Edinburgh:  Traditional Seven, Debate Over 'The Seven', Hills in The Centre of The City

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