Sir Walter Scott is a Scottish writer, born in 1771. During the years of 1801-1815 he wrote poetry including “The Lady of the Lake” and published collections of Scottish ballads, he produced a series of novels “The Waverly” which was anonymous until he took his authorship in 1827.
Sir Walter Scott’s writings have had an enormous worldwide appeal, inspiring composers, influencing writers and encouraging people to visit Scotland.
After his death it was agreed that “a Public Memorial should be created in the metropolis of Scotland to the memory of Sir Walter Scott, on a scale worthy of his great name and fitted to convey to future times an adequate testimony of the estimation in which he was held by his contemporaries”
The tower itself is magnificent but also the views are spectacular with views in every direction- from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, Arthurs Seat, Waverly Railway Station (named after Scott's Waverley novels.), Calton Hill, Firth of Forth, Princes Street, Princes St Gardens which in November- January is filled with Christmas Markets. Theses must be the best views in Edinburgh, and that is saying something- other notable vantage points include- Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill.
The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. For £6 you can climb to the first-floor platform or for £8 you can climb to the highest platform with a total of 288 steps.
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