Monuments in Edinburgh The Scottish capital has many impressive monuments that you must see. Walter Scott Monument The Walter Scott Monument has the honour of being the tallest building to commemorate a writer. And it makes sense that it's in Edinburgh. As we mention in the Old Town Tour, Walter Scott is one of the most loved figures in Scotland. His monument is an excellent example of Victorian neogothic architecture. Many projects were presented to the city, some of them by the most prestigious architects of Great Britain. Oddly enough, a complete stranger named George Meikle Kemp won it. He was a carpenter and self-taught architect that lacked experience in projects of this magnitude. Today the Walter Scott Monument is one of the most recognisable pieces of Edinburgh. Many people find a resemblance with a church, and the truth is that the architect we have just mentioned recycled a previous design that he presented to renovate the Glasgow Cathedral that didn't make it through. In the monument, they explain the history, meaning of its statues and the difficulties that Edinburgh faced to complete it. As a prize for climbing up the 288 claustrophobic stairs, you can enjoy some magnificent views of Edinburgh.