The Scotsman Steps

The Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh: Address, The Scotsman Steps Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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volvox167
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Embarrassed by the filth on this amazing piece of art work.
Nov 2021 • Couples
Well these steps are a national disgrace. Designed as art work at great expense no doubt, aren't looked after and are disgusting and filthy.They are an excellent short cut to get from the old town to the new. The marble is special and beautiful and if cleaned it would be stunning. Get a grip Edinburgh and Sturgeon try spending some money oncleaning things up in such a wonderful capital city. I am a Scot visiting and found it pretty embarrassing.
Written November 18, 2021
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
104 steps - it's a long way with a suitcase!
Feb 2020
Connecting the Old and New Towns, the Scotsman Steps, all 104 of them, climb from the Scotsman building by Waverley Station to North Bridge. Constructed in 1899, they fell into decline in the later part of the 20th century until the Fruitmarket Gallery commissioned Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed to revamp the steps. The result is his "work 1059", where the 104 steps were clad in a different colour of marble from around the world. The result is a pleasant stairwell, although be careful in the wet as the steps can be slippery.
Written February 13, 2020
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Renelou22
Manchester, UK6 contributions
Never ending climb.
Nov 2019
Amazing marble spiral staircase. but was a never ending climbespecially carrying a small suitcase.A local gentleman escorted us there but didn't mention how many steps there are. The marble on the stairs is in a beautiful condition.
Written February 12, 2020
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Marion P
Dundee, UK133 contributions
Amazing and beautiful short cut
Mar 2019
Two years ago I managed to walk down these steps-you do need to go gently if any mobility issues- they are beautiful and the marble which they are made from must have been sourced worldwide. If you are able a great way to get from Waverley Station to The North Bridge and a superb area for eating and shopping.
Written February 12, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
All different
Jan 2020 • Solo
An iconic feature that runs from the Scotsman Hotel to Waverley Station. Each step is made of marble and know two steps are the same.
Written January 26, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,525 contributions
Really pretty stairs
Jan 2019
Nice coloured marble steps from Market Street up to North Bridge. A staircase made of 104 steps, each one of them made of a different sort of marble from around the world . Originally build in 1899. A wonderful stairs and also an incredibly efficient way of getting out of Edinburgh Waverley and onto the bridge. Good views as you go up and from the top. Really pretty stairs . A must see.
Written November 18, 2019
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Judith S
London, UK460 contributions
Interesting Steps
Jul 2019
I passed these steps whilst walking along the street and curiosity got the better of me. These steps are one of the many steps that lead from the Royal Mile to Market Street below. I climbed up them as a curiosity rather than functionality.
Because of the way the steps are laid out it seems like you are climbing an endless amount of stairs... you go up five, turn a corner, go up five more etc etc, so you can't see when you're nearing the top.
There are 104 steps in total each one covered with a different marble.
These steps are an interesting little curio in the middle of Edinburgh, and worth taking a couple of pics if you're passing by.
Written August 15, 2019
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GJvdG
Gorinchem, The Netherlands118 contributions
To many steps
Jul 2019 • Friends
All steps in marble, quite special, however going up it seems endless and the fact that each step is if a different type of marble doesnt seem to be that special anymore. If you wantvto see it, take the steps going down and not up 😃
Written July 28, 2019
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,509 contributions
Beautiful marble steps that seem to never end
May 2019 • Family
This is another set of steps from the Royal Mile down to the lower level. However, unlike the other steps, these wrap around. So you walk down approx. 5 steps, turn and then walk down another approx. 5, etc. This gives the impression that the steps never end - as you don't see the end, only the set of approx. 5 that you are currently on. What makes these steps also quite interesting is that they are made of different kinds of beautiful marble. The steps alone are worth some pictures.
Written June 10, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
The Marble Scotsman Steps
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Scotsman Steps is something akin to a stairwell that connects the bottom of the Old Town on the lower streets opposite Waverley Station with the top on the North Bridge. Renovated in 2011, the steps of the stairwell are not made of different coloured marble. The steps certainly look pretty. On each level of the stairwell, is an bar covered opening when you can get some nice views of Waverley, the North Bridge and the streets below. That includes the views from the top of the stairwell next to The Scotsman Hotel.

Sadly, the vandalism and antisocial behaviour that necessitated the renovation in the first place is already beginning with again with beer cans and other litter starting to accumulate on the stairwell. It's such a shame, because the stairwell really is quite beautiful.

Come on Edinburghers, take some pride in this historic structure.
Written March 22, 2019
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