List of tallest buildings and structures in Edinburgh

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This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Edinburgh ranks buildings in the Scottish city of Edinburgh by height. There are few high-rise buildings in Edinburgh. The tallest buildings in the city are churches and suburban tower blocks. The administrative area of Edinburgh includes the three bridges across the Firth of Forth to the north-east of the city (the Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge and Forth Bridge), which are all taller than any building in the city itself.

Tallest buildings in Edinburgh[edit]

This list ranks externally complete Edinburgh buildings and free-standing structures that stand more than 50 metres (164 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Buildings that have been demolished are not included. Some prominent Edinburgh buildings such as St Giles' Cathedral, North Leith Parish Church, Appleton Tower, Mayfield Salisbury Church, West Register House and St John's Portobello are just below this threshold, as are the Melville Monument and numerous residential tower blocks at Craigmillar, Craigour, Greendykes, Lochend, Moredun, Muirhouse, Restalrig and Sighthill.

Rank Name Picture Height Coordinates Floors Year Reference
1 St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.jpg 90 metres (295 ft) 55°56′56″N 3°12′57″W / 55.948808°N 3.215832°W / 55.948808; -3.215832 (St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral) 1 1879 [1]
2 Barclay Viewforth Church Barclay Church and Castle from Bruntsfield Links - geograph.org.uk - 1738174.jpg 76 metres (249 ft) 55°56′26″N 3°12′13″W / 55.940581°N 3.203597°W / 55.940581; -3.203597 (Barclay Viewforth Church) 1 1864 [2]
3 The Hub The Hub, seen from Edinburgh Castle (composite).jpg 74 metres (243 ft) 55°56′56″N 3°11′41″W / 55.948890°N 3.194705°W / 55.948890; -3.194705 (The Hub) 1 1844 [3]
4 Martello Court Tower Block in Muirhouse (geograph 2872883).jpg 64 metres (210 ft) 55°58′20″N 3°15′45″W / 55.972350°N 3.262588°W / 55.972350; -3.262588 (Martello Court) 23 1967 Tallest residential building in Edinburgh. Located in Muirhouse.[4][5]
5 Scott Monument Scott Monument - 02.jpg 61 metres (200 ft) 55°57′09″N 3°11′36″W / 55.952365°N 3.193220°W / 55.952365; -3.193220 (Scott Monument) 1844 [6][7]
6 Fettes College Fettes College 2016.jpg 60 metres (197 ft) 55°57′49″N 3°13′34″W / 55.963593°N 3.226098°W / 55.963593; -3.226098 (Fettes College) 6 1869 [8][9]
7= Citadel Court Edinburgh Townscape - Tower Block Off Admiralty Street, Leith (geograph 3162088).jpg 59 metres (194 ft) 55°58′36″N 3°10′40″W / 55.976560°N 3.177676°W / 55.976560; -3.177676 (Citadel Court) 20 1964 Located in Leith.[10][11]
7= Persevere Court Edinburgh Townscape - Persevere Court, North Junction Street, Leith (geograph 3162077).jpg 59 metres (194 ft) 55°58′37″N 3°10′44″W / 55.977001°N 3.178898°W / 55.977001; -3.178898 (Persevere Court) 20 1964 Located in Leith.[12][13]
9 Edinburgh Airport Control Tower Edinburgh Airport 3.jpg 57 metres (187 ft) 55°56′44″N 3°21′51″W / 55.945615°N 3.364224°W / 55.945615; -3.364224 (Edinburgh Airport Control Tower) 2005 [14][15]
10= St George's West Church Chapelle Charlotte Édimbourg 4.jpg 56 metres (184 ft) 55°56′57″N 3°12′38″W / 55.949300°N 3.210445°W / 55.949300; -3.210445 (St George's West Church) 1869 On Shandwick Place.[16][17]
10= St Peter's Church The spire of St Peters Episcopal Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh by William Slater, 1857.jpg 56 metres (184 ft) 55°56′24″N 3°10′45″W / 55.940112°N 3.179031°W / 55.940112; -3.179031 (St Peter's Church) 1865 On Lutton Place.[18][19]
12 Exchange Tower Western Approach Road (geograph 4810855) (cropped).jpg 55 metres (180 ft) 55°56′50″N 3°12′38″W / 55.947297°N 3.210557°W / 55.947297; -3.210557 (Exchange Tower) 13 2001 On Canning Street.[20][21]
13 St James the Less Church Former St. James Episcopal Church, Constitution Street Leith.jpg 55 metres (180 ft) 55°58′20″N 3°10′04″W / 55.972308°N 3.167844°W / 55.972308; -3.167844 (St James the Less Church) 1863 Off Constitution Street.[22][23]
14 Buccleuch Free Church Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church of Scotland - panoramio.jpg 174 feet (53 m) 55°56′38″N 3°11′05″W / 55.944027°N 3.184817°W / 55.944027; -3.184817 (Buccleuch Free Church) 1861 On West Crosscauseway.[24]
15= Balmoral Hotel Hôtel Balmoral Édimbourg 5.jpg 52 metres (171 ft) 55°57′11″N 3°11′24″W / 55.953045°N 3.189972°W / 55.953045; -3.189972 (Balmoral Hotel) 10 1902 [25][26]
15= Tron Kirk Edinburgh June 2008 P1040603 (1141721028).jpg 52 metres (171 ft) 55°57′00″N 3°11′16″W / 55.950040°N 3.187825°W / 55.950040; -3.187825 (Tron Kirk) 1663 [27][28]
15= The Element The Element (geograph 1866339).jpg 52 metres (171 ft) 55°59′09″N 3°11′30″W / 55.985885°N 3.191702°W / 55.985885; -3.191702 (Western Harbour (Edinburgh)) 17 2009 Located at Western Harbour.[29][30]
18= Western Harbour Midway Western Harbour and the West Breakwater (geograph 4184095).jpg 51 metres (167 ft) 55°59′09″N 3°11′30″W / 55.985885°N 3.191702°W / 55.985885; -3.191702 (Western Harbour (Edinburgh)) 17 2009 Located at Western Harbour.[31][32]
18= The Shore Western Harbour and the West Breakwater (geograph 4184095).jpg 51 metres (167 ft) 55°59′09″N 3°11′30″W / 55.985885°N 3.191702°W / 55.985885; -3.191702 (Western Harbour (Edinburgh)) 17 2007 Located at Western Harbour.[33][34]
18= Kirkgate House Kirkgate from Leith Walk, Edinburgh, taken on the 22 bus, Nov 2013 (10924605464).jpg 51 metres (167 ft) 55°58′17″N 3°10′15″W / 55.971314°N 3.170963°W / 55.971314; -3.170963 (Kirkgate House) 17 1966 Located in Leith.[35][36]
18= St Andrew's and St George's Church Église Sts Andrew George Édimbourg 1.jpg 51 metres (167 ft) 55°57′14″N 3°11′45″W / 55.953921°N 3.195777°W / 55.953921; -3.195777 (St Andrew's and St George's Church) 1787 On George Street.[37][38]
22 Portobello and Joppa Parish Church St. Philip's Church, Joppa.jpg 50 metres (164 ft) 55°57′01″N 3°06′10″W / 55.950151°N 3.102718°W / 55.950151; -3.102718 (Portobello and Joppa Parish Church) 1877 On Abercorn Terrace; also known as St Philip's Joppa Church.[39]

Tallest structures in Edinburgh[edit]

Rank Structure name Picture Height Coordinates Year opened Reference
1 Queensferry Crossing Queensferry Bridge 2 (36766036234).jpg 207 metres (679 ft) 55°59′57″N 3°24′59″W / 55.999270°N 3.416317°W / 55.999270; -3.416317 (Queensferry Crossing) 2017 [40]
2 Forth Road Bridge Bb-forthroadbridge.jpg 156 metres (512 ft) 55°59′49″N 3°24′16″W / 55.996996°N 3.404496°W / 55.996996; -3.404496 (Forth Road Bridge) 1964 [41]
3 Forth Bridge Forth bridge evening long exposure.jpg 100.6 metres (330 ft) 55°59′45″N 3°23′11″W / 55.995937°N 3.386411°W / 55.995937; -3.386411 (Forth Rail Bridge) 1890 [42]
4 Caledonian Distillery chimney Caledonian Place (geograph 3443792).jpg 91.4 metres (300 ft) 55°56′40″N 3°13′13″W / 55.944557°N 3.220366°W / 55.944557; -3.220366 (Caledonian Distillery Chimney) 1880 [43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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