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Scott Monument

Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
0131 510 75 55
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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  • Average10%
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“tight squeeze” (43 reviews)
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“worth the climb” (102 reviews)
Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Princes Street and Gardens
0131 510 75 55
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great views, but due to overcrowding we were unable to access the top level. Also it was very tight and maybe claustrophobic for people trying to negotiate the tight,narrow spiral staircases.

Thank raynorkat
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth the exertion if you get up to the top. There are various stages where you can enjoy the view from different heights. The stairs to the final stage are very narrow. I'm slimmish and it was a bit of a squeeze to get...More

Thank psfcp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This monument occupies a very prominent place in the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. Imagine giving such pride of place to a writer. Wonderful.

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scott Monument is a great way to see the Princes Street and the castle. If you're someone who doesn't like heights/ small spaces you can still make it up the first 2 levels (I wouldn't recommend the 3rd level).

Thank kathh172
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day climbing The Walter Scott monument today. It was £5 and well worth it. It was a squeeze climbing up the very narrow staircase especially when you have to squeeze past people coming down and it was a bit dark in some...More

Thank weekak
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's on a busy corner in the New section of Edinburgh, and won't take more than 10-15 minutes to check out as you walk from the Castle to Princes Street (or vice versa). But it's historical....

Thank Arlene744
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is almost impossible to miss this monument if you spend any time in Edinburg as it is on Princes St and is dedicated to arguably Scotland's greatest writer. Weather has blackened the exterior but remains so because cleaning it could damage the stone. We...More

Thank pitufo00
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great monument to visit while in the park. We climbed all the way to the very top (almost 300 steps) to take in the stunning views. The stair passage gets quite narrow and it can take a long time to get to the very top,...More

Thank ManoSteel9
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind scaling the narrow steps of this Gothic Style monument it provides for a beautiful view of Princes Street and surrounding areas. Of course, if you are not able to do the climb do not worry it is beautiful to just admire...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed 1 week ago

The monument is situated in the East Princes Street Gardens adjacent to the Festival Wheel and can be seen on the skyline from many parts of Edinburgh. The monument to the famous author Sir Walter Scott soars into the Edinburgh sky and yes as described...More

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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
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8 January 2017|
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Response from AnthonypJ1105GU | Reviewed this property |
At the little door at the base of the monument facing the castle
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4 December 2016|
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Response from Scotttommo | Reviewed this property |
I'd say about half hour if you want to take pics and enjoy the view. Can be done faster but it's better to take your time and enjoy the view
8 September 2016|
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Response from Chris P | Reviewed this property |
Yes its a but of a trek up the spiral staircase but the views are great.