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Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
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Ranked #32 of 210 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

The city was built arround inactive volcanos, so the streets are irregular with long steep stairs and bridges. Edingburgh castle and the Scotts monuments are high and takes a lot of walking to get there. Everywhere you go, if you go down, remember you'll need to go up when returning. We certainly did a lot of excercise while visiting this... More

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The views from the top are great, but the climb is not for the feint-hearted. Many of the spiral staircases have room for only one person to pass and can get quite narrow at the top. Its quite a challenge, and rather appropriately you get a well-presented leaflet that you made it to the top on entry (rather than actually... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Twisty windy stairs to the top were cool- best views of Edinburgh! took loads of great pictures- tip, its high and scotland and cold... so wrap up!!

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I have climbed the Scott Monument twice now and have had good fun both times. It's £4 to enter but for the views and photo opportunities you get at the top it's worth it! You also get a well presented certificate saying you climbed the Scott Monument which also has a few other facts and figures on it. Whilst the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Its not going to be easy as there is a lot of climbing and walking involved and the place is kind of narrow and dark but the things to see around are impressive and is totally worth the time. The displays are at different levels and each excelling in its charm and beauty. You need to devote a bit of... More

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
58 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

£4 to go up - but you get a certificate to say you managed it! Wonderful views from the top, but a bit of a squeeze. Someone told us a Welsh rugby player got stuck at the top last year -- I can believe it! Don't try it if you are too large, or breathing problems, otherwise go for it,... More

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a great excursion if you have a few hours to spare although a word of a advice - don't visit this after walking around Edinburgh all day - I did this and regretted it

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This amazing structure -- 120 steps with amazing views--- is a wonderful Edinburgh landmark located by our hotel, the Balmoral. The architecture of the monument is fascinating. Sir Walter Scott's presence could be felt everywhere from the monument to the collections at Edinburgh Castle to his home in Abbotsford. Free, be sure to stop and see!

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Sarasota, FL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Walking up the steps wound up being an adventure in and of itself. Be aware that the passageways are quite narrow, and in spots it will be impossible for folks meeting whilst traveling in opposite directions to pass each other. Also be aware it can be rather exerting. However, with multiple levels to stop at and see the fantastic views,... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have lived in Edinburgh for two years and have always meant to do this but could never quite be bothered. I heard rumours that it was very expensive but it really wasn't. This monument is really good fun, particularly in August. You can see all sorts of performers from the top and the view is great. I have a... More

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