The Scott Monument stands in East Princes Street Gardens, directly opposite Jenners department store on Princes Street and not far from the Balmoral Hotel. Sir Walter Scott was regarded by many as one of Scotland’s greatest writers. After his death in 1832 the city of Edinburgh wasted no time in erecting a monument in his honour. Architect George Kemp won a competition for the design of the memorial and work began on the 61m high Gothic monument in 1840. The Scott Monument was completed in 1846 along with a marvelous white marble statue of the great writer placed in the central vault. Author Bill Bryson once described the monument as looking like a “Gothic rocket ship“. There are many nooks and crannies in the monument, each one home to a statue representing a character from the work of Sir Walter Scott novels. There are 287 steps that narrowly wind their way to the top of the monument. Once here you are rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the city and further afield. Once back on terra firma you will receive another reward in the form of a certificate to prove you made it to the top and back.