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Castlelaw Hill Fort & Earth House

Edinburgh, Scotland
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For history buffs with a great view

A free visit to a piece of ancient history with the bonus of a commanding view of the valley. There... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2017
David H
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Christmas walk

Really interesting place for a short walk. Can actually go underground! Best to combine it with a... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2016
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Jan 5, 2017
“For history buffs with a great view”
Dec 30, 2016
“Christmas walk”
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

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...More

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Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

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!

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Reviewed December 8, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

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...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2015

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....More

1  Thank Emily W
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Reviewed June 10, 2015

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...More

1  Thank Rantin rover
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Reviewed February 21, 2015

The hill was the location of an iron age fort and later an earth house from the second century AD. All that is left is an excavated underground passage and some of the ditches from the fort. Not a lot to see but the passage...More

Thank Adam S
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

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...More

1  Thank MrsPepperpot_12
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

It's interesting enough for a quick read and look around, something to do as part of a visit to Pentlands

1  Thank Brattyhands
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