These 9 buildings are the tallest in Edinburgh - reaching up to 90 metres

Edinburgh is known for its unique city landscape, boasting a mix of Georgian apartments and historic old buildings, with barely a skyscraper in sight

Edinburgh is known for its unique city landscape

But nestled within the cityscape is a collection of landmarks and church spires competing for the title of Edinburgh tallest building. Here are the nine tallest which make up the city’s skyline.

Holding the title of the tallest landmark in Edinburgh is St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Built in 1897 and located in the West End, the goliath cathedral’s middle tower stands at 90 metres, which is 295ft.

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In second place is Barclay Viewforth Church. Built in 1864, the church stands on the edge of the Bruntsfield links with the spire holding fantastic views of the Meadows and Arthurs Seat, and one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle.
One of the cities most recognisable landmarks thanks to its location at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, the Hub stands at 74 metres. Built in 1844, the church is a notable example of Gothic Revival architecture and was designed by Gillespie Graham and Augustus Pugin.
Built in 1967, Martello Court is 23 floors and one of the city’s only remaining high rise tower blocks. Located in Muirhouse, it became known as Terror Tower in the 1970’s as a result of the crime around it.
Located in the heart of Princes Street, the Scott Monument comes in at fifth. Built in honour of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, it is the second largest monument to a writer in the world. Visitors can go up to the viewing platform climbing 287 steps on their way.
Built in 1869, the private co-educational boarding school boasts an impressive main building designed by architect David Bryce. The school was established in 1870 and has seen notable alumni attend, including Tilda Swinton and Tony Blair.
Located near the shore in Leith, the two modern highrises were built in 1964. The two towers are a rarity in the Edinburgh skyline and showcase classic 60’s design, with their pastel coloured exterior.
A modern edition to the skyline, and an instant icon, the control tower at Edinburgh Airport was opened in 2005. It continues to catch traveller’s eyes as they arrive in the city thanks to its unique design replicating Scotland’s national flower, the thistle.
St George’s West Church is another that was designed by David Bryce. The 56m tower is designed after the Venetian campanile located in San Giorgio Maggiore. The building was completed in 1969.