Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House

Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House

Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House
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Jacqui M
637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
It was a glorious day so we headed up the Pentlands to find the hill fort. Many others had the same idea to spend some time outdoors, which meant that the small car park filled up early. The earth house is a short walk from the car park, and is all that remains of the hill fort. Although faded, the sign outside provided some information. It is worth going down to explore (mind your head!) and for those small enough, you can enter another little chamber. We then chose to do a bit of the walk towards Dreghorn, admiring the views along the way. The climb is reasonably steep in places. Care is needed on the way down to avoid sliding on loose stones, but well worth the trip.
Written March 22, 2020
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EdinburghDoug
Scotland102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Castlelaw Fort is slightly difficult to find, and having found it you may have to retrace your steps to try to locate the key (available in one of the local houses). Once inside the fort it is so quiet and remarkably cool even in the height of summer. It is a circular fort, mainly underground, with a second chamber which any contortionist has no difficulty entering, The walls are rough hewn stone, and the entrance would have made it difficult to attack. Currently light enters via a skylight.
Outside one is surrounded by the Pentland Hills, and there are beautiful views over Mid and East Lothian, and on to the Kingdom of Fife.
Written June 19, 2012
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Celine
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
A very interesting site just outside Edinburgh. The visit can be completed in less than half an hour but it’s worth the detour if going to Edinburg
Written December 17, 2019
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK2,008 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Right on the road to the Pentland Hills, a few miles from the crossroad to Penicuik, easy to find. It's uphill, maybe one mile from the main road. You could find it interesting, 'cause it's an iron age location. Very small, you can go into the site. It takes no more than 15 minutes to be visited . Everything is explained on the signs . To visit👍👍
Written January 24, 2016
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Emily W
Portland, OR18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Surrounded by a sheep pasture, this hill fort has some interesting history to read about. But watch out for a lot of sheep droppings in the area as they are free to roam about. The inside of the fort was very quick, but interesting look. The views around the fort are the best part of this trip as they are stunning. No admission price. So, free is good.
Written July 15, 2015
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,861 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
It’s probably best to see this outside the winter if driving or you may have difficulties on the access road - it’s long, steep and narrow - don‘t attempt if it has been snowing. There are car parking spaces and portaloos at the base of the hill fort which is then only a 5 - 10 minute walk. The attraction is maintained by Historic Scotland and there are no fees payable.

The site is quite large however there is not a huge amount to see other than the contours of the land, an underground passage/dwelling and views to the surrounding countryside. I expect that many people use the site as a base point for walking various routes on the Pentland Hills which start or end here.

The underground passageway is gated however during my visit it was open to the public. In April it was a bit damp in the interior, especially in the area where you can enter a chamber by scrambling through a gap, where I did well to avoid a large puddle. Visibility is fine by day since skylights have been built into the tunnel.

Outside as I wandered to the west of the site I could see it overlooks a rifle range used by the military who are based at nearby Glencorse Barracks. Warnings are posted if firing is due to take place.

It’s ok to see in the passing however I wouldn’t make a special trip to this site - it lacks the usual feeling I would associate with a hill fort of this type - a good hike and a bit of solitude.
Written June 10, 2015
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MrsPepperpot_12
Edinburgh, UK107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
This ancient hillfort is just south of Edinburgh. The area is well used by locals for walking and mountain biking. Many of the paths are loose gravel and a military firing range is beside a burial chamber. It wise to check access prior to your visit at www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/37243/Castlelaw.pdf A private group was on the firing range as we assembled in the car park but left as we began our walk.
On the day of our visit the forecast was showery. The start was sunny and windy but as we reached the high point of our group walk it started to rain horizontally reinforcing that you need to be prepared with outdoor gear even in August. Consequently, our 4 miles walk took 2 hours rather than the leisurely walk planned.
Written August 19, 2013
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Brattyhands
Edinburgh, UK2,400 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013
It's interesting enough for a quick read and look around, something to do as part of a visit to Pentlands
Written May 7, 2013
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Stephen M
Manchester, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Ideal for:
children with boundless energy; history-fans; short-visit.
It's amazing to think how much history is here, but dont expect hours of engagement.
There are rings/ridges of grass-covered earth (which children will enjoy & adults might appreciate.), at the centre is a curving underground corridor and a circular room (which children will enjoy & adults might appreciate...).
It was perfect for the time & individuals we had with us, but for MOST people this will be more of a 'filler' activity than a 'must-see'.
The ridges offer some shelter from wind for a picnic.
The corridor offers shelter from rain/sleet/sun, but is damp even in summer.
Written August 29, 2019
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David H
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
A free visit to a piece of ancient history with the bonus of a commanding view of the valley. There is a reasonable bit of information on plaques. There isn't a huge amount to do or see there but it's a short walk to the site; parking is free - although the road isn't fantastic; it's okay and the sheep don't bite. WARNING: duck your head when in the tunnel - wish I had!
We stopped there to eat our sandwiches on a beautiful day - overall, thumbs up.
Written January 5, 2017
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