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The (Sir Walter) Scott Monument is the largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer. The Victorian Gothic style monument is located in Princess Street Gardens and commands attention as its spires jut up to the sky. There are 287 steps to the top and there are four spiral staircases with three landings. The staircases started off with very narrow steps and got progressively more narrow as we got closer to the top. I could feel those stairs in my calves the next day but it was well worth it for the beautiful views. The entrance fee is £3 which works out to about a pence a step.

Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Sir Walter Scott Monument

Sir Walter Scott Monument

Scott Monument Landing

Scott Monument Landing

Scott Monument Spiral Staircase ~ the wider stairs

Scott Monument Spiral Staircase ~ the wider stairs

Near the top of the Monument ~ John almost got stuck due to large backpack

Near the top of the Monument ~ John almost got stuck due to large backpack

View through a window along the spiral staircase

View through a window along the spiral staircase

View from the first landing

View from the first landing

View of Castle from the Scott Monument

View of Castle from the Scott Monument

Needless to say, it was cold and WINDY at the top but, oh the gorgeous views!

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