Completed in 1846, this statue of Sir Walter Scott and his dog Maida was built 14 years after his death. The spire was ... More
Completed in 1846, this statue of Sir Walter Scott and his dog Maida was built 14 years after his death. The spire was designed by George Meikle Kemp and the statue was conceived by Sir John Steel. The statue is carved from a single block of Carrara marble while the sculptural decorations on the sandstone spire show 16 Scottish writers and 64 characters from Sir Walter Scott's novels. There are 287 steps to the highest gallery - the view is more than worth the effort. The monument will retain its distinctive black color for the foreseeable future, as sandblasting was deemed too dangerous for its slender stonework.
These 284 stairs are very steep and narrow but the views above are absolutely amazing. There are several levels to the monument, so you can take the climb a bit at a time and don't have to take all 284 steps straight to the top. A must do unless you are afraid of heights or can't handle small narrow stairways.
Brilliant views across the whole city. There are 4 levels that break up the 200ft climb to the top through some very narrow spiral stairways - really not a good experience for those scared of heights or claustaphobia. There is a small room with background info on Scott and the monument on level one but it is badly in need of re-fresh. But getting to the 3rd and 4th 'platforms' are really worth it, with spectacular views across the whole city and beyond. The view of the Castle and Old Town is matchless. I would make this the no.1 of thing to do in Edinburgh.