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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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  • In Poland, we have a similar but much smaller monument of this type, and it is a tombstone one. It is located in the cemetery in the Wilanów district. It is a monument to the Potocki family. This.....  more
    In Poland, we have a similar but much smaller monument of this type, and it is a tombstone one. It is located in the cemetery in the Wilanów district. It is a monument to the Potocki family. This.....  more »
  • We were walking around town and came across the Scott Memorial. Very nice memorial in a very bustling part of town by the train station. 
    We were walking around town and came across the Scott Memorial. Very nice memorial in a very bustling part of town by the train station.  more »
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  • Standing proudly in Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument is one of the most iconic Edinburgh landmarks, a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, it is one of the largest monuments to a writer anywhere in the world. Join one of our tour guides to find out who Sir Walter Scott was, why such an impressive monument was in his honour and enjoy the breathtaking views of Edinburgh from our third floor viewing platform - a truly unforgettable experience!
  • The Scott Monument is a monument in honor of Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens. Walter Scott is one of the most famous writers that Scotland has produced. He mainly wrote historical novels, of which Ivanhoe is best known. The monument was built after the writer's death

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