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Scott Monument

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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
Description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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This is a wonderful monument.

An iconic piece of Edinburgh history. A splendid monument that is worth a visit. If you do check out the views from the top and appreciate the history of the monument.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Cowra, Australia
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Cowra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

An iconic piece of Edinburgh history. A splendid monument that is worth a visit. If you do check out the views from the top and appreciate the history of the monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A steep climb up 287 steps that is well worth the stunning views of Edinburgh visible from the top. Stairs are in 4 sections with places to rest on each level if needed. steps are steep and narrow avoid if you are of large build or unfit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We decided to give this a go just to say we had done this entry fee was ok but it was busy when we went.not the biggest space in which to climb these steps.im around 16 stone (224 lbs) and im 5 ft 9".i struggled a little bit so i hope this helps as a guide. Wonderful views at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is an example of a Victorian Gothic monument and is fittingly dedicated to the man who invented the concept of the Scotsman as we know it today as a means of attracting tourists. He wrote a thing or two too and it is reputedly the largest monument to a writer in the world. It stands near to Edinburgh Waverley... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We undertook the daunting climb of 287 steps to the top of the monument on a beautiful clear day and our efforts were well rewarded. The last section is very narrow and you may have to 'backtrack' to allow others to pass by.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Walked all the way to the top views were amazing , met a couple 3/4 the way up she was feeling very claustrophobic told her it was worse nearer the top ! Stairs are very narrow near the top but the view was worth it x

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The sites from the top were beautiful but be warned if you are a bit heavier set the passages and stairwells become very narrow near the top and there are a lot of stairs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Scott monument is quite impressive and looks like the spire of a church. It is a monument to Sir Walter Scott and was built after his death. The monument is situated along Princes Street in the Princes St Park and is quite visible from the Hop on Hop off bus. It is quite high and you are able to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We are used to look monuments dedicated to te warriors, commanders, kings, rulers. But this is not that. This huge monument, rich and artistic is dedictet to te literate. Imagine that! People admiring a literate, dedicating a monument to him. Wish that every country has it's literate heroes with monuments. World could then be a better place...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Very good value for money only £4 each. The views are amazing. There are a lot of steps but you can take your time as it is in three sections. The views are amazing and we went up on a miserable wet day. Well worth a look.

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