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Scott Monument

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Address: Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 4068
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

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Dizzying climb to a beautiful view of the city.

Happy we took the time to climb the monument. It's a long hike up, with ever narrowing stairs to the point of barely being able to squeeze through the stairwell. There are four or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
ColleenKathryn
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Chardon, Ohio
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting, if somewhat grandiose, monument to the author, Sir Walter Scott. There are five viewing platforms accessible by spiral staircase, however due to the foggy conditions when we were there, we elected not to climb.

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Chardon, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Happy we took the time to climb the monument. It's a long hike up, with ever narrowing stairs to the point of barely being able to squeeze through the stairwell. There are four or five platforms on your way up where you can get out of the stairwell, see the view, and catch your breath. I made it to the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a tight squeeze, with a lot of stairs but the view of the city is totally worth the hike! You can see all of Ediburgh!

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have to repeat what others have said. Absolutely worth the 5 pounds, just getting to the top is an activity in of itself. Great views from every level but please please keep in mind that the it gets very narrow towards the top and the final level is very narrow. No point in being subtle here, if you are on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view is amazing at this place. The Christmas market is full of food & drink shops but also other things such as lamps, accessories and clothes. Would recommend going on the Star Gazer which would give you 360 views of the city centre.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely!!! To our surprise we were in Edinburgh for the opening weekend of its Christmas Market 24 Nov. Tons of stuff for everyone - tree maze for the kids, carnival ride, sweet treats, food, hot totties, kinder punch, local things to purchase, and an ice skating rink! Tons of fun for the entire family.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to climb quite a lot of stairs, but it is very very good view to the whole city. You have to pay some a little fee but it is worth, if you are there go inside :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We climb the stairs and after catching our breath it was once again taken away by the view from the top, a tip for the unfit practice before going up all those stairs

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my friend have been visiting Edinburgh for the last few days and have walked past the monument several times admiring its beauty. Then we realised you could actually go up it! £5 well spent. Staff were very lovely and genuine upon entry. Some really breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the castle, and of course the higher we got... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just off the Royal Mile, the monument is hard to miss and has historical significance. You are allowed to go up and the views are supposed to be good but we skipped this part.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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