What appears to be a Gothic cathedral spire chopped off and planted in the east end of the Princes Street Gardens is the nation's tribute to Sir Walter—a 200-foot-high monument looming over Princes Street. Built in 1844 in honor of Scotland's most famous author, Sir Walter Scott, the author of Ivanhoe, Waverley, and many other novels and poems, it's centered on a marble statue of Scott and his favorite dog, Maida. It's worth taking the time to explore the immediate area, including Princes Street Gardens, one of the prettiest city parks in Britain. In the open-air theater, amid the park's trim flower beds, stately trees, and carefully tended lawns, brass bands occasionally play. Here, too, is the famous monument to David Livingstone, whose African meeting with H. M. Stanley is part of Scots-American history.
Jul 11, 2013
There are four levels of this amazing spire. For £4 you can climb up the narrow spiral staircases all the way to the top. Views at each level get better and better. The stairs to the highest section are particularly narrow and may be difficult to negotiate for those with backpacks, small children, or mobility issues.