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Scott Monument, Edinburgh

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A dark Gothic spire that towers above the Princes Street Gardens, Scott Monument pays homage to the author Sir Walter Scott. The dark color is not an intended effect, but comes from smoke stains--cleaning the spire would damage the stonework beneath the stains. Pay a fee to climb 287 steps to a viewing platform. The highest platform provides panoramic views over Edinburgh and acts as a counterpoint to Arthur's Seat. To visit Scott Monument on your trip to Edinburgh, use our Edinburgh holiday maker app.
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  • Massive monument to the writer, Scott, and is dirty, blackened, high and gothic. I do like gothic but this is an overblown, crazy mish-mash. Sometimes "less" actually does have more impact. 
    Massive monument to the writer, Scott, and is dirty, blackened, high and gothic. I do like gothic but this is an overblown, crazy mish-mash. Sometimes "less" actually does have more impact.  more »
  • A landmark at a great place. Not that high as I expected though. You cannot miss it if you walk on the Prince Street. 
    A landmark at a great place. Not that high as I expected though. You cannot miss it if you walk on the Prince Street.  more »
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  • You can only go up via guided tour now, but it’s still worth it! It’s very beautiful and the guide explains some of the history. We really enjoyed the views of Edinburgh. It is a narrow staircase however, and some in our group found it challenging and did not advance past the first staircase.
  • Loved climbing the stairs to the top. The views across Edinburgh were amazing. Great way to see the city. The staircase to the very top should be avoided if you're claustrophobic.

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