Scott Monument
Scott Monument
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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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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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,187 contributions
Feb 2022
While here during the Edinburgh festival, we passed this glorious monument.

You can climb up to a look out point, but we did not do this part due to the crowds.

The blackness of the stone spire is due to the many hundreds of years of coal pollution from the burning fireplaces of homes staining the outside, just like many other of the sandstone buildings in the city.

Situated just past the rail station and the shopping mall- you can't miss it.
Written March 15, 2022
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
Oct 2019
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 built in 1844 and officially opened on August 15, 1846. It is in an area of Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens. This dark tower overlooking Princes Street is dedicated to the most famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. The tower is adorned with 64 statues that depict various characters of his novel, but the most appreciated is the writer with his faithful dog Maida, located on the ground floor. Nice neo-gothic architecture, full of ornamental ornaments. A landmark in the Edinburgh skyline. Today, the monument is one of Edinburgh's top tourist attractions, allowing visitors to walk up a narrow staircase to a series of viewing platforms on the spire overlooking the city center and surrounding Edinburgh countryside. It is said that 287 steps are required to climb the highest viewing platform . It is possible to enter the monument, but you have to be before 5 pm. The tower offers a beautiful view of the city. Worth seeing.
Written September 16, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,562 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although the monument is currently closed due to Covid restrictions, it is well worth a view from the outside. Constructed in 1840 this unique and attractive Victorian Gothic monument is an intrinsic part of Edinburgh’s fabulous skyline.

At a height of 200 feet this monument is the second largest monument to a writer in the world (the largest is in Cuba) and is well worth a visit.
Written November 14, 2020
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CPaM68
Texas632 contributions
Oct 2019
The Scott Monument is an amazing Victorian Gothic monument dedicated to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is one of the biggest monuments of any type that I have ever seen and, in fact, is the second-largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, opposite Jenners Department Store (another tourist attraction), and near the Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station. The tower is over 200 feet high and has several viewing platforms reached by spiral staircases. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps. Completed in 1844, the monument is decorated with 64 statues representing various characters from Scott’s novels. This doesn’t count the shinny white marble statue of Sir Walter with his dog Maida. This will be on our list again on our next visit to Edinburgh. (PaM)
Written July 28, 2020
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BonnieRed850
Huntingdon, UK533 contributions
Oct 2019
Having walked past this monument dozens of times over the years, we decided to give it a go. I’m glad we did. The guide was superb. It is only very confined inside so each group is quite small. We were a group of four.
The views are amazing and the leg workout was well rewarded.
Written February 5, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,149 contributions
Mar 2020
This amazing 200 ft plus Victorian gothic monumental spire is situated at the heart of Princes Street in the New Town and is dedicated to the famous poet and author Sir Walter Scott. It is a truly amazing structure in Princes Street Gardens, opposite the famous Jenners department store and the Waverley hotel (where we stayed – our room overlooked the impressive structure). It is close to Waverley Station (which is named after Scott’s Waverley novels). It is lit up at night and towers over the gardens. You can have a tour and climb to the top as there is a spiral staircase (287 steps) inside giving access to several viewing platforms on different levels. The tour costs £8 for adults. Sadly on this occasion we did not have time to climb it but definitely next time....
Written March 19, 2020
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Anu
United Kingdom896 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Wonderful gothic structure monument sitting in the heart of Edinburgh City centre, next to Waverley Train station and Princes street garden east.

This stunning building features a white Carrara marble statue of the author Sir Walter Scott and his loyal, beloved hound Maida.

The story of the monument with a small museum room, you can find information on the life and works of Sir Walter Scott and beautiful stained glass windows.

As you climb higher, the spiral staircase becomes narrower. The panoramic views from the top is spectacular.
Written February 28, 2020
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,482 contributions
Aug 2020
Unfortunately when we visited the monument was closed due to covid restrictions, which is a shame as I'm sure the views would be most impressive.

Saying that the monument certainly stand out from the outside with its gothic type design.

Will certainly go inside should I find myself in Edinburgh in the future.
Written October 25, 2020
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Patty
Washington DC, DC291 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
You can’t miss this icon! You can always see it when you’re walking around in Edinburgh. We didn’t know that the tours were timed, but we got there just in time and actually got a private tour because there was no one else that wanted a tour at the same time. The climb was windy and narrow, but we did it at our own pace. We kept going up but weren’t allowed on the last level because of how much the monument was deteriorating. Our guide was super nice and told us about the history of the monument before guiding us up.
Written March 23, 2020
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The Marrs
United Kingdom627 contributions
Jun 2021
From anywhere on Princess Street, you can see this Gothic style tower.
Until you stand under it and look up, you don't really comprehend the sheer size of this monument.

I found the best view was in the afternoon from St David's Street looking down onto Princess Street.
Written June 11, 2021
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