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Scott Monument, Edinburgh

4.5
Monument · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • A soaring and monumental building. Looks a bit like a gothic rocket. One of the largest monuments in the world, so it is not to be missed when visiting the city. The Scott Memorial Tower was...  more »
  • Beautiful piece of architecture on Princess Street. Unfortunately was closed on my visit due to COVID regulations. You cannot help but stop and marvel at its design and beauty.  more »
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  • You can only go up via guided tour now, but it’s still worth it! It’s very beautiful and the guide explains some of the history. We really enjoyed the views of Edinburgh. It is a narrow staircase however, and some in our group found it challenging and did not advance past the first staircase.
  • Loved climbing the stairs to the top. The views across Edinburgh were amazing. Great way to see the city. The staircase to the very top should be avoided if you're claustrophobic.

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