The Scott Monument
The Scott Monument in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens offers an exceptional viewpoint to this magnificent city. Once you have climbed the 287-step spiral staircase you will be 61 meters above Edinburgh's main shopping area, Princes Street. Located opposite Jenners Department store, this neo-gothic monument is Edinburgh's tribute to Sir Walter Scott, the great British writer born in the city. Scott is famous, amongst other things, for his work 'Waverley' from which the Edinburgh Waverley station was named.
The White marble statue built in his honour depicts Sir Walter sitting after having written a text with his feather. The towers construction began in 1840 and was completed approximately four years later. It is now managed by the museum department of Edinburgh city council and can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.