In September 2010, we made our first visit to Edinburgh, and immediately fell in love with the place. It’s a beautiful city … much cleaner than London, and much less scarred by random architecture than Cardiff. We’ll be going back there for a longer visit at some point in the future, but for now, we’d love to share with you some of the photos we managed to take during our day there.

Part of our day was spent photographing the wonderfully gothic Scott Monument, a memorial to the great writer Sir Walter Scott, who died in 1832. The monument rises above the city skyline to a height of 61 metres, making it very tricky to capture in a single shot. At the base of the Scott Monument is this beautiful white Carrara marble statue of Sir Walter Scott and his dog Maida, made by Scottish sculpture Sir John Steell. The sides of the Scott Monument feature statues of characters from his writing. Climb up the 287 stairs (which we didn’t) and you’re greeted with an amazing panoramic view over Scotland’s capital city.

The Scott Monument - Top Half

The Scott Monument - Bottom Half

Sir Walter Scott

Looking Out Over Edinburgh

Statue On The Scott Monument

Gothic Dragon On The Scott Monument

Gothic Griffin On The Scott Monument

Looking Out Over Edinburgh

Statue On The Scott Monument

Statue On The Scott Monument

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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