waterloo monument

COVID-19 UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2021

We are now able to hand out the keys to the monument to the public. we can only hand out 1 per day, so we would appreciate your patience and understanding. please call to hire the key beforehand. collections are made to the rear of the office.

please drop by our office on a weekday to collect them for £5. We are open 8:45am - 5pm Monday to Friday. 

The Wellington or Waterloo Monument stands on the summit of Penielheugh. It is a stone Doric column 150 feet high, built by the 6th Marquis and his tenantry to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon.

This dramatic local landmark represents the second attempt on the site by the 6th Marquis. The first, a pyramid built in 1815 to the design of William Burn fell down ‘with a tremendous crash’ only a year after construction. The existing monument in the form of a ‘Triumphal Column’ was designed by Archibald Elliot and began in 1817. It took 10 years to build, the stone being quarried locally.