On the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, the great and good of the city came together to agree on a fitting monument to this outstanding Scottish literary figure. In 1836, an architectural competition was launched, inviting designs for an appropriate memorial. Two years later, the trustees approved the design submitted by George Meikle Kemp, and construction began in 1840 after permission was obtained from Parliament to build in Princes Street Gardens. It was opened in 1846. The Scott monument is a brooding, 200-foot, Gothic spire and is in keeping with the romantic style of the author it was named after. When you climb the tower via its narrow, spiral staircase you come to a series of viewing decks offering stunning views of Edinburgh City Centre.
Opening Times: Mar - May: daily: 1000-1800; Jun - Sept: mon - sat: 0900-2000; sun: 1000-1800; Oct: mon - sat: 0900-1800; sun: 1000-1800; Nov - Feb: daily: 1000-1600