In the lovely Princes Street Gardens is a towering attraction to honor one of Scotland’s most treasured poets.
The Scott Monument, dedicated to Sir Walter Scott is a recognizable figure in Edinburgh. At over 200 ft tall, it is the largest monument to commemorate a writer in the world.
I definitely believe that…I climbed the 287 steps to the top.
To get to the top of the Scott Monument takes a bit of fitness (there’s no elevator) and zero claustrophobia.
That spiral staircase is tight. There is barely room for a grown man’s shoulders to fit the width. And if you happen to be going up (or down) while someone else is going down (or up) you’ll end up hugging the walls trying to squeeze past each other.
But don’t worry- that doesn’t happen often!
There are 4 different levels of the monument for you to exit the staircase and see 360 degree views of Edinburgh (and rest your legs).
The first level has multiple listening stations that play recordings of information on Sir Walter Scott and give details on his life, writings and the creation of his Binny Sandstone monument.
And starting there, each level above you brings you higher and higher above the city until you’re hovering high above Princes Street.
I made the trip up on my last day in Edinburgh and it was a very windy afternoon, but a perfect way to say goodbye to the city I called home.
If you’re up for the staircase challenge (come on, it’s easy enough!) and brilliant views of Scotland’s capital, then be sure to pay a visit to this historic spot.
Have you visited the Scott Monument? Could you handle a bit of a claustrophobic climb to the top?
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