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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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  • This is a beautiful structure. Go early if you want pics without interference. It is closed indefinitely for climbing, but I think the views from Edinburgh Castle are far better, so I would go there.....  more
    This is a beautiful structure. Go early if you want pics without interference. It is closed indefinitely for climbing, but I think the views from Edinburgh Castle are far better, so I would go there.....  more »
  • A statue that is central to Edinburgh & stands tall & proud just off Princess Street in the gardens, popular stop off point for photo opportunities! You can’t miss it if you’re walking along the... 
    A statue that is central to Edinburgh & stands tall & proud just off Princess Street in the gardens, popular stop off point for photo opportunities! You can’t miss it if you’re walking along the...  more »
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  • The streets look really calm as I was walking in the morning but during the noon and evening times it was so packed there was no place for me to walk lol! And someone with a bit of social anxiety it can be a bit overwhelming! But it’s really great! The view and the ambience of the streets are awesome! It’s so adorable walking through the streets as most of the buildings are old and great!
  • The iconic Scott Monument in Edinburgh. There're green spaces around where you can sit and relax. It's nice in the summer, but you can still enjoy the scenery in other seasons, too.

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