on May 28, 2012
The Scott monument is one of the first things you will notice when arriving in Edinburgh thanks to its size and its location in the Princes Street gardens. The monument dates back to 1844 and was erected to commemorate the life and times of the Scottish author Sir William Scott. If anything though the monument looks even older thanks to its blackened appearance which is thanks to the type of sandstone that it was built from which is known to attract dirt and blacken quickly. This really adds to its gothic look and even on a sunny day the monument looks imposing and severe. Although the tower is a beautiful monument and you can appreciate it from the outside you should really go up the tower so that you can experience the views from the top which are some of the finest in all of Edinburgh. Entry to the tower costs about £4 and for this you get to climb all the way to the top of the tower. The tower reaches over 61 metres high and there are nearly 300 steps to reach the top. The views over both the old town and the new town make the climb well worth it however and it really should be on your list of things to do in the city. Getting up to the top is hard work as the stairs up start to get really narrow the further to the top you get. This makes getting past people on the way down a hair raising experience but for me it all just added to the experience. Again on the way down the tower things get a little hairy when you are passing people on the way up and the biggest piece of advice that I could offer people would be to wear decent shoes and certainly not flip flops as these could cause you to trip or slip and the climb is already scary enough without that happening. Along the way up and down the tower there are a few viewing platforms where you can take in the view and have a little rest. On one of the platforms there is a small display where you can get some history of the monument and see how it was built. This was worth looking at as it gave me more history of the monument and told me things that I didn’t already know about. When you get to the bottom of the monument after climbing to the top you definitely feel as though you have accomplished something and even with the shaky legs from the climb it was well worth it and is something I would like to do when perhaps the day isn’t so sunny so that I can get an even better view of the surroundings.
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