Scott Monument

World Map

Scotland >> Edinburgh >> Attractions >> Scott Monument

Scott Monument


The Scott Monument was designed by George Meikle Kemp and is more than 200 feet (61 meters) high. The 287 steps taking you to the top of the Scott Monument provides spectacular views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. The Victorian gothic monument commemorates Sir Walter Scott.

The Scott Monument is located in Princes Street Gardens, just beneath Edinburgh Castle. The breathtaking views from there of the Edinburgh skyline makes this place one of the hottest tourist destinations. However, you need to climb up all the 287 stairs for the magnificent views.

The foundation stone of Scott Monument was laid on August 15th 1840 — birthday of Sir Walter Scott — and the monument with 64 character statues across it was inaugurated six years later on the same date. The statue at the base of the monument is of Sir Walter Scott along with his dog Maida, carved out of Italian Carrara marble.

Not far from the Scott Monument lies the “Floral Clock” in Princes Street Gardens. The Floral Clock’s face is made up of thousands of small plants and the hands of Floral Clock are covered in plants as well. The clock even points out the accurate time.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Scott Monument is sometime between May and September.


The Scott Monument is the largest monument made for a writer in the world. The monument commemorates Sir Walter Scott.


April through September:

Mon-Sat – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sun — 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

October through March:

Mon-Sat — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sun — 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Travel Tools

World Weather World Time Converter
Currency Converter World Holidays & Festival
Travel Health & Tips Travel Insurance
TrainsTravel Features

Get the latest and the best on travel
Free Desktop Calendars!
Stay Connected!
Come join our interactive community
Quick Updates
Latest News, Deals, Views & more
© 2001 - 2018 All rights reserved. Useful Links