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The beautiful monument but exhausting to enter
Scott Moument (Edinburgh)
Member Name: ruthosborne1
Scott Moument (Edinburgh)
Advantages: Beautiful and endless views, unique
Disadvantages: Steps that get narrow and incredibly steep taking ages to climb
When you travel through edinburgh you cant help but see the impressive and huge scott monument which sits in the middle of princes street gardens. If you are taken in by taxi from the airport the driver is sure to point out this impressive gothic feature and advise you to have a closer look and if you dare go up it.
Its gothic architecture is fabulous and stands out and is a focal point within the city centre. Its architecture is simply exquisite and unique and if you go to see it for yourself close up then you can have the added bonus of actually going up it to the top which is a fantastic experience.
The cost to go into the monument is approx £3 and albeit the views are incredible and you can see far out onto fife and the sea right across the city this is not an experience for the weak, tired, young or elderly and those who may have a little more weight than the average.
Once entering the monument you walk up incredibly steep, tiny and narrow spiral staircases, which go on and on, until you get to the first level. You can get out at each level and view it by walking around the area, and note although obvious the levels get more difficult and narrower the furthur you go up.
It is incredibly tiring to walk up these steps and so much so that I nearly passed out with exhaustion, so make sure you are able and fit before you even attempt this sight. Once on the first level and have walked around it to view each direction of edinburgh you can then take the wise option and walk straight back down or continue upwards to the next level. The steps get narrower and steeper and are indeed quite frightening at some points.
Once upon this level you can again walk around and view and then again go onto the third and final level, this however is slightly more disconcerting. The staircase gets incredibly tight towards the end so much so that one gentleman who was in front of us could not get through and had to walk back down, hence the weight and size issue. Its simply to warn you that unless you are of thin stature do not walk to the top because I am of small frame and had to squeeze through myself. Once at the top the views are simply incredible and beautiful and no nothing can beat this, so in that respect its well worth it, but be warned and go with caution.
Excellent for photographers and the sights go on for miles, its incredibly windy however and you feel like your swaying a little, as well as being very cold.
Its certainly a view to see and if you are able to go up and enjoy but its tiring and exhasuting so just be aware before you pay to do so and certainly dont take young children.
Summary: An architectural landmark to view and if able walk to the top
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