The top 15 tallest buildings in Edinburgh

Completed in 2005, Edinburgh Airport's control tower is one of the city's tallest buildings. Picture: TSPL

Completed in 2005, Edinburgh Airport's control tower is one of the city's tallest buildings. Picture: TSPL

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EDINBURGH’S ancient Old Town boasts what are thought to be some of the world’s earliest residential ‘skyscrapers’.

But despite this, Scotland’s capital is not famous for its tall buildings and there are no true, modern skyscrapers present in the city today.

A desire to preserve the historic character of the town has necessitated the implementation of heavy restrictions concerning the height of new buildings.

As we will see, the list of the Capital’s top 15 tallest buildings mostly comprises places of worship and post-war high rise accommodation.

Nothing constructed in the past 138 years has surpassed the height of Edinburgh’s three tallest buildings.

Each entry includes a percentage comparison against the world’s tallest building: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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