City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Corstorphine Hill Tower


Corstorphine Hill Tower (angled)
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Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Corstorphine Hill Tower, also known as Clermiston Tower or the Scott Tower, is a suitably dramatic memorial (watch video) to celebrated Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Built in 1871, the 20 metre tower is situated atop the wooded Corstorphine Hill Park, so takes a good hike or bike to get to.

The tower is usually locked, but when it is open it offers excellent panoramic views of Fife, the Isle of May, the Pentland Hills, the Trossachs Hills, and surrounding area.

The Friends of Corstorphine Hill describe the architecture as such:

"The tower, built on glaciated dolerite, is square in plan, with buttressed corners; it has a corbelled, battlemented parapet surmounted by a small tower. It is built of coursed whinstone, likely to be from quarries on the hill, with dressed sandstone for the openings, parapets and plaques, probably from one of the large Edinburgh sandstone quarries."