Jacob’s Ladder stretches up from Cannongate, and leads up to the Enlightenment monuments of Burns and to the National Monument on Calton Hill. Head past the top of the ladder and onto the hill to catch panoramic views over the Firth of Forth. You can also stop in at Collective, housed in Edinburgh’s former City Observatory.
The foot of the ‘ladder’ is home to A Drama in Time (currently closed), created by Graham Fagen and Commissioned for Edinburgh Art Festival 2016. Inspired by Burns, the work references the poet’s 1786 passage on a ship called The Roselle from the port of Leith to Kingston and Savanah-La-Mar, Jamaica – intending to work as an overseer of slaves on a sugar plantation.