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Scott Monument

Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
+44 131 529 4068
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tight squeeze” (41 reviews)
“worth the climb” (101 reviews)
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Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Princes Street and Gardens
+44 131 529 4068
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Reviewed yesterday

Perfect monument situated in East Princes Street Gardens (these gardens - park - is beautiful. Lots of students and local people comming there relaxing, to a picnic, reading...) This monument is on Princes street, very close to Waverley station and many shops. Every summer is...More

Thank Lukáš Š
Reviewed yesterday

I wonder if Sir Walter Scott would have been pleased with this monument to him. After visiting his home, it seems that he appreciated beauty and simplicity. This monument was neither. It's not particularly attractive and is certainly not simple. Still, it's right there on...More

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You need to be reasonably fit to do this. Amazing views, four viewing stages so if you get tired or are finding the stairwells too narrow you can still get a good view without going to the top. Well worth the climb.

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can spot this monument from quite far away, so no problem finding it. Like other reviews state, it really needs some loving care to help restore it. At the moment, it just looks like a very old, dark, almost menacing monument. I'm sure it...More

Thank MSkinner
Reviewed 4 days ago

Its well placed near the road. One does not need to make efforts to reach this place. Shopping nearby hence makes a beautiful spot for photographs and rest in the garden after a long tiring walk

Thank stwadhwa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great building. You can enter and go through it also. Would be wonderful if they spent some money to clean it .....every 100 years or so!

Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This monument is located right beside Princes Street, on the upper part of Princes Street gardens and near the pedestrian walkway. It is possible to ascend the spire at a cost of 5 £. The gardens around are very pleasant and on a sunny day...More

Thank Irene V
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the top of this structure is spectacular. You are close enough to the ground to see detail but high enough up you can see for a long ways. Getting to the top is an experience. It requires you to climb a few...More

Thank Candace W
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a very high monument it is hard to miss. But to reallky see it you must visit the monument. You can go up inside and enjoy a view of the city and the castle. A great place to feel and see the business of...More

Thank C7883GImikeh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took it slow but were able to walk up the circular stairs to reach the top area and look out over Edinburgh. As a lover of Scott, the inscriptions and information were a delight.

Thank darthvadersmom
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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9 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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5 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.