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]|
📌 Hopetoun Monument ★★★☆☆
Location: Off B1343 2 miles north of Haddington, G.R.: NT 501764 ///those.ridiculed.dial
Anything else? From the parking area at G.R.: NT 499764 ///aced.elevated.filled it's a 10-min uphill walk to the monument on a steep but clear dirt path. The signboard at the start indicates alternative return routes, but they were a bit overgrown on our visit.
|[Approaching Hopetoun Monument from one of the smaller (southern) approach paths]|