The Scott Monument, the black, Gothic, rocket-like structure shooting up from Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, commemorates Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous writers. It was built in the mid 1800′s and it’s architect, George Meikle Kemp, drew inspiration from Roslin Chapel and Melrose Abbey when rendering his design.
The completed Scott Monument towers 61 metres above central Edinburgh and can be accessed by the public. Climbing the narrow coiling staircases to the top you’ll pass several viewing levels that afford spectacular and utterly unique views of the capital. For those aiming for the very top there is, however, a fairly serious 287 steps between you and the summit. With regular stops to ponder the cityscape, and the interior Monument exhibition space for that matter, the climb is very manageable… and (it can’t be said enough) the views are amazing!
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The Scott Monument sits on Princes Street, the main street of the city’s New Town: