Corstorphine Hill Tower

Commands magnificent views and has many woodland paths to explore

Historic folly built in the centenary of Sir Walter Scott's birth

This is a historic folly built by the then-landowner in 1871, the centenary of Sir Walter Scott's birth. It is built on the summit of the Hill from stone quarried from the Hill.

It is about 20m high with a viewing platform which is just above the trees. It commands magnificent views of the city centre, the Firth of Forth, the Fife coast, and the Pentland Hills. On clear days, Bass Rock and Isle of May can be seen to the east and the bridges, the Ochills and the Trossachs to the west.

It is situated in the woodland of Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve, with many woodland paths to explore.

The Friends of Corstorphine Hill open the tower to visitors every Sunday 2-4 pm May - September.

Booking information:

No advanced booking required

Event information: 

Guides at foot and top of the tower.


Sunday 25th September

Opening times:



Clermiston Road




  • No nearby toilets or seating
  • Local parking on street limited