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.
During adverse weather conditions (high winds especially) please check our Twitter feed @EdinCulture before travelling as the monument may be closed at short notice for safety reasons.
Temporary Closure of the Scott Monument
The Scott Monument will be closed until week commencing 16 May to permit the installation of a new external lighting scheme. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Find out all about this monument to one of Scotland's greatest writers.
Find out more about Sir Walter Scott and his work.
Check out our opening hours and where to find us.
Don't fancy climbing 287 steps? Check out our virtual tour.
Did you Know?
that the Scott Monument went hugely over budget?