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Why locals love it

This beautiful Victorian gothic spire dominates the city skyline along with mighty Edinburgh castle. Locals love to use it as a meeting point, because it is hard to miss even if you are new in town. The rocket-like sandstone monument commemorates Scotland's famous poet, Sir Walter Scott and you can find his marble statue sitting under the spire.

Why you should visit it

Those not afraid of heights and climbing 287 steps of a spooky narrow spiral staircase are rewarded with stunning views of the old and new towns of Edinburgh, as well as a certificate of their achievement. If you are changing your mind on the way up, you can still enjoy the view from the lower platforms which are less windy.

Special tip

Look carefully and you can find graffities from 1924! The monument has indeed been popular ever since its opening in 1844.

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'The Gothic Rocket' celebrating Scotland's most prolific Author's. Wonderful views if you climb to the top, but not for those of the 'Fuller Figure' [very narrow spiral staircase] or sufferers of claustrophobia.
October 5, 2017
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