A unique and celebrated 200-feet-tall Gothic monument to honour Scottish poet and writer, Sir Walter Scott.
10am-4pm. Tours every half hour from 10am.
East Princes Street Gardens
The Scott Monument, among the largest monuments to a writer in the entire world was erected in honour of one of Scotland’s most influential literature figures, Sir Walter Scott. This unique 200-feet-tall memorial was designed by George Meikle Kemp and was completed in 1844. The Gothic masterpiece we see today was chosen from a long list of entries by some of the leading architects working in Britain. The impressive building has even more to offer inside. Visitors can learn all about the writer, poet and historian Scott, his literary legacy and the construction of the monument itself. Even though the view is fantastic from every level, it is worth climbing up all the way to the top on the 287-step series of narrow spiral staircases.