15 August 2012

Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world.

There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of  Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Find out about Sir Walter Scott and the monument in the museum room.

The monument was designed by George Meikle Kemp (1795 - 1844) who was inspired by the architecture of Melrose Abbey and Roslin Chapel. It is over 200 feet (61 metres) high, with 287 steps to four levels from which you can have spectacular views. The foundation stone was laid on August 15th 1840, Scott's birthday, and the inauguration ceremony was held six years later on the same date.

Look out for the 64 statues of characters from the books of Sir Walter Scott, the Edinburgh-born writer famous for his historical novels. Learn more of his story and how George Meikle Kemp designed this amazing Gothic structure - a prodigious building feat of its time. Some of the earliest photographs ever taken show the building of the monument in the 1840s.

The statue at the base of the monument is of  Scott, with his dog Maida, by sculptor Sir John Steell, who carved it from Italian Carrara marble.

Visitor Information

Opening times:

April through September: Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm; Sunday 10am - 6pm.

October through March: Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm; Sunday 10am - 6pm.

See Visiting Information page for details of opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.


Admission is £3, for both adults and children. There are no concessions.


There is no cafe at the Scott Monument, but there are many cafes and restaurants nearby. Audio information is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Access is restricted as the monument has a narrow spiral staircase of 287 steps and there is no wheelchair access.

Contact us: 

The Scott Monument, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
Tel: 0131 529 4068

Tel: 0131 556 9536 (for group bookings)

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