The Capital’s wonders of the world

The Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument have been voted three of Scotland’s greatest man-made wonders in new research by VisitScotland and as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

The 126 year old bridge and UNESCO World Heritage Site took the top spot, with 30% of the votes in the survey. Edinburgh Castle was named the second greatest ‘wonder’ of Scotland with the Scott Monument in eighth place. The other ‘wonders’ on the Top 10 list include Stirling Castle, the Falkirk Wheel, Caledonian Canal, Bell Rock Lighthouse and Melrose Abbey.

Edinburgh’s Culture Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “The Capital boasts an incredible mix of architecture and built heritage and it no surprise that three of the nation’s favourite man-made wonders have been built on Edinburgh soil.

“The Scott Monument is an iconic memorial right in the heart of the city and I am delighted the 170 year-old structure has made it into VisitScotland’s list of national favourites. Many people don’t realise the Monument has a Museum inside it and that you can climb right to the top. Look out across the city and you can see Edinburgh’s other ‘wonders’ Edinburgh Castle and even the Forth Rail Bridge on a clear day.”

Earlier this month, a competition was launched by the City of Edinburgh Council to challenge residents to climb the Nelson and Scott Monuments. Those who enter the Monumental Challenge before 8 December have the chance to win exclusive Edinburgh experiences including the chance to see the city’s Hogmanay fireworks from the unique vantage point of the Scott Monument.

The competition follows new lighting being launched at the structure on the anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s death. The City of Edinburgh Council project has brought the Scott Monument out of the shadows and into the Capital’s night skyline with bespoke lighting which allows the Gothic qualities of the landmark to sparkle. See it switched on every night.

Scott Monument lit up

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