Explore the Scott Monument

Sir Walter Scott was a well-loved Scottish literary figure who died in 1832, after his death the city of Edinburgh launched a competition for the best design for a memorial for one of  Scotland’s greatest novelists. This was won by George M Kemp and the Scott Monument build began in 1840. It’s easy to find, sitting between Princes Street Gardens and Princes Street itself.

A climb to the top rewards visitors with arguably the best vantage point in the whole city, although please be aware only 24 people an hour will be allowed to climb the famous 174-year-old landmark  – and must be led on a guided tour. There are no lifts, only stairs and can be quite dark in places so watch your step.

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