Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It commemorates Sir Walter Scott.

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.

About

About

Find out all about this monument to one of Scotland's greatest writers.

Collections

Collections

Find out more about Sir Walter Scott and his work.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Check out our opening hours and where to find us.

Coloured glass widow in the Scott Monument

Virtual tour

Don't fancy climbing 287 steps? Check out our virtual tour.

 

Over budget

Did you Know?

that the Scott Monument went hugely over budget?

Did you Know?

that the Scott Monument went hugely over budget?

The original estimate for building the Scott Monument was £10,175  10/- but it actually cost £16,154 7/11d . Extra money was raised by from private donations and a  door-to-door collection throughout the City.