Corstorphine Hill is one of the hills of Edinburgh, Scotland, named for nearby Corstorphine. There are traditionally said to be seven hills in Edinburgh in reference to the Seven hills of Rome, but this figure is debatable, and as the city has expanded, even more so. It is a long ridge shaped hill, mostly forested ("Corstorphine Woods") with broad leaves, and has extensive development on its south side, including Edinburgh Zoo. Much housing has been built on the lower slopes, and houses in other parts of the city have been built using stone quarried from Corstorphine Hill.

Barnton Quarry, at the north end of the hill, was the site of a war-time radar station and cold-war nuclear bunker. Part of the hill is adjacent to the neighbourhood of Clerwood where there is a walled garden (55°57′0.47″N 3°16′36.89″W / 55.9501306°N 3.2769139°W / 55.9501306; -3.2769139 (Corstorphine Hill, Walled Garden)); it was featured on the BBC TV programme The Beechgrove Garden and it was awarded the first Green Pennant Award in Scotland in July 2009. On the east slope is Murrayfield Golf Course and the suburb of Craigcrook.

On the top are two radio masts, and also a tower dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.[1] There is also some evidence of ancient settlement here, possibly a hillfort of some kind. Cup marks have been found on the hill.

The Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve is now part of the Edinburgh section of the extended John Muir Way.

Built up area

The upper part of the hill is an LNR, and is wooded. Suburbs surrounding, or on the hill include the following:

Corstorphine Hill Cemetery

Corstorphine Hill Cemetery lies on the lower western slopes of the hill and is now enveloped by housing.

It dates from the 1930s and was in private ownership until it was acquired by City of Edinburgh Council under compulsory purchase powers. It is of note due to its incorporation of a woodland cemetery area and due to a large number of Polish war graves from WW2.


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Coordinates: 55°57′6″N 3°16′18″W / 55.95167°N 3.27167°W / 55.95167; -3.27167