Hopetoun Monument

[Hopetoun Monument]

Hopetoun Monument is one of the easiest landmarks to see from the A1 near Haddington, erected in memory of the 4th Earl of Hopetoun in 1824. Reaching the base of the tower is straightforward, but once inside it's a very different story. 29 vertical metres and 132 steps are not to be taken lightly and a torch is essential: nearly pitch black, crumbling in places and covered with bird droppings and nesting material. A handrail? You've got to be kidding. It's somewhat surprising it's still open at all. Visit while you can - for such a small hill, the views over East Lothian to Berwick Law, Bass Rock and Fife's Lomond Hills are excellent, thanks to the otherwise pancake-flat surroundings.

[View towards Berwick Law from the top of the monument]

Name: Hopetoun Monument ★☆☆
Location: Access from B1343 2 miles north of Haddington, G.R.: NT 501764 / those ridiculed dial
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? There's parking off the B1343 at G.R.: NT 499764 / aced elevated filled. from here it's a 10-min uphill walk to the monument on a steep but clear dirt path. Alternative return routes are possible as indicated by the signboard at the start, but are in fact a bit overgrown.

[Approaching Hopetoun Monument from one of the smaller (southern) approach paths]

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