‘Definitely worth a visit just for the view on the 3rd floor! Guided tour was very informative! Quite a few stairs but certainly worth the climb!’
– Scott Monument Tripadvisor Review
Something To Write Home About
Following the death of Scotland’s most cherished poet, novelist, ballad collector, critic, and man of letters, a competition was held to design a monument befitting the legacy Sir Walter Scott had left behind. On the 15th of August 1840 (Scott’s birthday), the foundation stone was laid. Then work officially began on the monument. It opened exactly six years later. And like all great Gothic architecture throughout Edinburgh, the devil is in the detail. If you look closely, you will see 64 characters from Scott’s novels. While a statue of the man himself with his dog sits quietly within.
Visiting the Scott Monument
Today, Scott Monument is an iconic part of Edinburgh’s famous skyline. Nestled between Princes Street Gardens and Waverley Station (another tribute to Scott’s literary legacy), thousands of people pay tribute to one of Scotland’s greatest literary treasures by climbing the steps of Scott Monument every year.
Find out more about opening times and ticket prices on the Edinburgh Museums website.