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Lofty Monument to a classic Scottish author

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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. 

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Scott Monument, autumn 2018

 

 

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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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