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Lofty Monument to a classic Scottish author


Scott Monument at night, January 2019

The lofty Scott Monument towers over Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, celebrating the Scottish novelist, poet, playwright and historian, SirWalter Scott (1771 – 1832), author of classic works including  Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and Waverley.

The structure stands 61.11 metres tall, and offers
its visitors a series of viewing platforms with panoramic views of the surroundings. Apparently, it is the second largest monument to a writer in the world, after the José Martí Monument in Havana. To reach the highest platform, you have to twirl your way around 288 steps, a clamber still on my to do list. 


Scott Monument, autumn 2018




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 26 January 2019

Posted as part of Thursday Special: Lofty

7 replies »

  1. My family made it all the way up on our trip (though it was so windy I only got halfway). Very narrow and scary, but they told me the view was worth it.


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