The Scott Monument

Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

- Budget


Scramble up here and you can see the world below!

The biggest monument to a writer anywhere in the world, and the writer is the Scots genuis Sir Walter Scott. It sits in Princes Street Gardens in the centre of Princes Street. There are a mighty 287 steps to the top, worth it though - as the song goes - on a clear day you can see forever. If the weather is not good, give it a miss. There are four viewing galleries on the way up to the top to let you get your breath back.

Value for money

Price advice

£3 for both adults and children. No concessions. A bargain really.

Expert tips

No cafe on site, nearest one I'd recommend is in the National Gallery, just a little further along the road.

Foggy, wet and nasty? Don't bother.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • History
  • Design and architecture