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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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  • Quick tour, the children did not pay. Arriving at the final stretch the staircase becomes narrower and it gives a little claustrophobic, but we loved the views. I highly recommend it.
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  • Well you simply cannot miss this monument to Scotland's greatest writer Sir Walter Scott. There is a small statue of the writer surrounded by a grandiose structure in black sandstone. The stonework is...  more »
  • A fun thing to do! Such a funky sight and out teenager was very interested in climbing to the top. As you make your way to the top there are different levels to stop and enjoy the views. You'll be man...  more »
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  • Absolutely nothing can match the breathtaking views of the city you enjoy from the top of the monument! The monument was an idea of the eminent people of the city in the honour of Sir Walter Scott after his death in 1832. They had even arranged an architectural competition for the design of the proposed monument. The actual construction began in 1840 and completed in late 1844. A very large structure and the Gothic architecture of the monument is truly amazing. Moving up the monument could be difficult for big persons due to the spiral narrow staircases. Avoid heavy/large bags/other belongings while climbing. If you're in Edinburgh for sometime, climbing the monument is a must, however much busy you are!
  • Climbing the Scott Monument is an absolute must for anyone visiting Edinburgh. The views are absolutely breathtaking - pretty much the best views it's possible to get of central Edinburgh. Admission is very reasonable too - £5 for adult entry. Be warned though, there's a fair few steps to climb to get to the top (287, in fact), and the staircases get increasingly narrower as you go up. If you bump into people going the other way in a stairwell, it's very difficult to pass each other. Definitely not for claustrophobics or larger sized individuals. If you can manage the stairs though, it is absolutely worth it!
  • Loved the views you got from the top perfect on a sunny day but does get quite chilly the higher u go up lol just watch the steps are very narrow especially when you get to the last viewing platform and can be a bit tricky trying to pass people coming down as you are coming up but the views are fantastic when you reach the top and is a small five pound admission fee. Also has a small museum in it with audio head phones explaining the history to you which is worth a listen to along with the pictures. Well worth a visit.
  • Fantastic views from the top of the monument. The first 3 sets of steps are grand to climb. The last 10 steps of the top set get very narrow. Not the place to go if you are tall, mind your head off the top of the door
  • I called Edinburgh as a "multi-storied city"! To witness that for yourself, climb the monument! You can get a panoramic view of this beautiful city from atop.

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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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