Western Watchtower

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Western Watchtower is a Location in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. 

The Western Watchtower is a ruined tower located just outside Whiterun to the west-south-west.

Irileth leads the Dragonborn and some of the Whiterun Guards there to kill the dragon, Mirmulnir. The Western Watchtower will not appear as a map marker until you have activated the quest Dragon Rising.



Western Watchtower Quests








Western Watchtower Characters

  • Whiterun Guards

Points of interest

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Western Watchtower Maps

Western Watchtower Quests Map

Western Watchtower Treasure Map 



  • If the Civil War questline has been finished in favor of the Stormcloaks, no guards are stationed here. There still will be a Stormcloak banner that replaces Legion/Whiterun banners, however.
  • If you approach the watch tower before "Dragon Rising" it will be destroyed. The only difference in the quest is that the grass is on fire.
  • It is a good place to lure giants from Bleakwind Basin. The giants will be unable to enter the doorway, allowing you to pick them off with a bow or magic.
  • The watchtower only appears as a map icon after the "Dragon Rising" quest has started.
  • Sometimes a Nord has a Falmer tag over his tag. He can be found here.

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