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“The gothic rocket”
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Scott Monument
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Owner description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
Reviewed February 14, 2014

In the gardens you can fond the Scott Monument. Husband went for a climb of the 287 stairs. I stayed with feet on the ground. he said the stairs were steep and narrow corridors made passing very hard. The railing are not much to talk about and he even felt a bit unsteady. he got a great view from the top and some lovely pictures of the surrounding area. Not for the feint hearted! £4 nominal cost is fine , do it once if you are not afraid of heights and are fit and active.

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The Scott Monument is situated in Princes Street (not Princess Street) and is not on the Royal Mile. It was erected as a monument to Sir Walter Scott and is Gothic in style. It costs 4 pounds per person to enter and you receive a nice certificate for reaching the top. I enjoyed learning about the competition to design a monument to Scott. It is a steep climb of 287 steps, with the spiral staircase getting narrower and narrower the higher you get. I was breathless by the time I reached the top but the gusty winds of Edinburgh soon blasted air back into my lungs. The views from the top are brilliant and makes the steep climb worthwhile. However, if you are a) scared of heights b) quite overweight c) unfit or d) claustrophobic, I would probably give this activity a miss.

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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

The steps are extremely steep but well worth the walk. It was great to look over the city! The guide map was also very useful!

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Me and my girlfriend both paid £4 to get in and once you pay there is no way back! The staircase is very narrow and if you are in any way overweight or "chubby" I would not recommend trying to get up this at all. My girlfriend only just managed to scrape through the narrowest bends (it twists and spirals for much of the way up).
Once you get to the top you realise that it is actually too high. The height is the main drawback of this "attraction". It looks good from the bottom and the architecture is very good and stylish but when you get to the top it is dizzyingly steep and high. It is pointless coming here if you are in a wheelchair because you will not get it up the stairs.
If you have any fear of precipitous heights or of falling from a tiny stone platform 200 feet to the unforgiving concrete pavements below - then do not come here. I for one will not be back. We should just have stayed on the ground below and looked at the view as it is pretty much the same... just shops, Edinburgh Castle and the gardens.
The toilets were very well appointed and had hot water, good quality soaps and soft toilet paper (Velvet triple ply). No cafe.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

The building is really interesting but all the traffic and the buildings around pollute this monument. It's an important monument to the Scots but the place seems somehow strange to me.

Thank Stefan G
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