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Scott Monument, Edinburgh

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A dark Gothic spire that towers above the Princes Street Gardens, Scott Monument pays homage to the author Sir Walter Scott. The dark color is not an intended effect, but comes from smoke stains--cleaning the spire would damage the stonework beneath the stains. Pay a fee to climb 287 steps to a viewing platform. The highest platform provides panoramic views over Edinburgh and acts as a counterpoint to Arthur's Seat. To visit Scott Monument on your trip to Edinburgh, use our Edinburgh holiday maker app .
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  • This is a mammoth to Sir Walter Scott, author and poet. It is 200 feet tall, contains 64 figures from his works, and of large marble of Scott himself. It is an immense gothic work complete in 1844. Th...  more »
  • The Scott Monument is quite an imposing structure, on Princess Street, Edinburgh. We went by it several times during our three day stay in the city. It is dedicated to the great Sir Walter Scott, and ...  more »
  • This imposing monument to Sir Walter Scott is located in Princess Street Gardens right across department store Jenners. I vividly remember how I enjoyed reading “Ivanhoe” and “Rob Roy” in my childhood...  more »
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  • Beautiful architectural Place. U can go till up to have a good view of the city. But there is a time limit till 5 p.m. It is near the princess garden and it is also surrounded by a beautiful garden. It near by the main railway station.
  • Didn't go up the tower as prices seemed pretty steep but the monument was pretty impressive to look at from the ground. It is an iconic gothic building that can be seen for miles around. Sitting center of the monument is a statue of Sir Walter Scott and the entire building acts as a memorial to him.
  • An iconic monument in the heart of Princes Street. A great historic landmark to use if you are meeting someone and a great starting point for your day out in Edinburgh. Close to the train station and tram and bus stops.
  • This is an excellent place to get some views of Edinburgh , i would say history with a challenge. This is certainly the place to give you an insight into Sir Walter Scott as well giving you a challenge of climbing all the way to the top ( it is not for the faint-hearted ) On reaching the top you get some excellent views of old Edinburgh and all its skyline. I was lucky to be there during the Christmas market and Fair in Princes Street gardens.
  • It’s difficult to get the scale and detail of this enormous monument, which is (according to Wikipedia) the second largest monument to an author in the world. It looks like it belongs on the top of a very tall building, or racing through space shooting down enemy fighters. Maybe that is what it does when we are asleep at night. It is magnificent.
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