Is this an ICBM?
In a city whose sights jostle for every last shred of your attention, the Sir Walter Scott Monument, Edinburgh’s gothic missile, is top dog. This must be the largest, most bombastic monument to a writer anywhere in the world.
It protrudes darkly from the manicured grounds of the Princes Street gardens, and I’ve wondered on more than one occasion if it might blast off into the firmament and return to whatever world such a monument would seem normal in.
It’s worth the £3 to climb the 297 steps to the viewing gallery. While the wind might threaten to blow you off, the 360-degree views of the city are priceless. Looking north you can see straight through New Town all the way to Fife.