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.
One of us did manage to climb to the very top however we understand that after a serious accident occured, the council are reluctant to allow future visits to the very top anymore.
After a visit to the monument in May 2023, we can update our guests on the new conditions for this attraction.
The attraction is now Guided Tours only, in groups of 12. You are not required to book in advance, you can just arrive there and purchase a ticket with a time slot. Cash payment IS accepted as well as Card payment.
Below is a detailed photo of the stages you go through with the guided tour, although you can no longer go to the very top, you can certainly go close to it: