The Scott Monument

Of course we will see the Scott Monument from the ground below nearly anywhere in the city. However, we will not be climbing it! This would be a challenge, but one that I would be willing to take on. It is a 287 step climb on a narrow spiral staircase to the very top of the Scott Monument, which you receive a certificate for completing. There you have one of the best views of the city of Edinburgh for only £4 per person. The Scott Monument is also very centrally located and is not easy to find since you can pretty much see it from anywhere in the city. It is on Princes Street near the heart of Edinburgh and many busses stop near that area.

Edinburgh_Scott_Monument

photo found on wikipedia

Design for the Scott Monument began immediately following the death of the prominent writer Sir Walter Scott in 1832. In fact, it is the largest monument dedicated to an author to this day. It became a competition to design the monument and now the finished product contains 68 figures of characters from Scott’s novels, created by many different Scottish sculptors. Overall 93 people have been sculpted into statues on the monument itself, plus two dogs and one pig.

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