These 10 buildings are the tallest in Edinburgh - and the majority were built in the 19th century

At the time of their construction, the multi-storied medieval tenements of Edinburgh’s Old Town are said to have been among the tallest residential dwellings in the world.

Edinburgh Airport control tower.

However, Scotland’s capital is no longer a contender when it comes to tall buildings and it certainly cannot be compared with the likes of New York City, Shanghai or Dubai.

A desire to preserve the historic character of the town has necessitated the implementation of heavy restrictions concerning the height of new buildings and there no real skyscrapers in modern Edinburgh

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As we will see, the list of Edinburgh’s tallest buildings mostly comprises places of worship and post-war high rise accommodation, and, interestingly, the vast majority (7 out of 10) of these structures date from the 19th century.

Height: 90 metres (295 ft) Year constructed: 1879

Please note: buildings currently under construction in Edinburgh have not been included in this list.

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Height: 76 metres (249 ft) Year constructed: 1864
Height: 74 metres (243 ft) Year constructed: 1844
Height: 64 metres (210 ft) Year constructed: 1967
Height: 61 metres (200 ft) Year constructed: 1844
Height: 60 metres (197 ft) Year constructed: 1869
Height: 59 metres (194 ft) Year constructed: 1964
Height: 57 metres (187 ft) Year constructed: 2005
Height: 56 metres (184 ft) Year constructed: 1869
Height: 56 metres (184 ft) Year constructed: 1865
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