Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House

Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House, Edinburgh: Address, Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House Reviews: 4/5

Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House

Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House
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Jacqui M
659 contributions
Iron-age chamber
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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Celine
13 contributions
Interesting historic site
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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Stephen M
Manchester, UK46 contributions
Simple, free & quick.
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, Australia26 contributions
For history buffs with a great view
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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grm244 .
16 contributions
Christmas walk
Dec 2016 • Couples
Really interesting place for a short walk. Can actually go underground! Best to combine it with a longer walk in the Pentlands. Good parking close to the fort so ideal for those that can't walk far!
Written December 30, 2016
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Neil L
Edinburgh, UK627 contributions
Iron Age Fort
Dec 2016 • Solo
Probably only of real interest to iron age historians. From the outside there is little to see. This is an underground earth house that you can enter. Although there is natural light through ceiling, it may be worth having torch, if you want to have serious look round. There are earth works surrounding the hill, but the most notable sight is the military rifle range next door. Beware when the red flags a flying. You need a car to get here.
Written December 8, 2016
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Jaffa H
Chorley, UK62 contributions
Windy Hill
Oct 2016 • Solo
Worth a shufty just off the A702 up a hill. Parking available up the lane near the farm. Useful info boards to interpret the site. Spend some time and try and imagine what the people who lived here looked out over and why they chose the spot. Explore inside the earth house, fascinating if you stop and think. Less so if you just "pass through"
Written October 29, 2016
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK1,546 contributions
Interesting
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
Neat to see if you're passing through
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, UK8,423 contributions
Only worth a look in the passing
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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