The Scott Monument was built in memory of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s greatest writers. It started on the 15th August 1840 (the anniversary of Scott’s birthday) and was completed in the Fall of 1844. It is 200 feet 6 inches high. There are 287 steps to the top where there are magnificent views of Edinburgh and beyond. The large statue of Sir Walter Scott is in Italian Carrara marble was sculpted by John Steell.
There are 64 statues on the monument, mostly characters from Scott’s novels, with some figures from Scottish history. We were there in a beautiful August day and the flowers amazing!
Next: Stirling, Scotland and Shetland Islands! The purpose of this trip!