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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 6 January 2017
David H
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Iron Age Fort

Probably only of real interest to iron age historians. From the outside there is little to see... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Neil L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 Jan 2017
“For history buffs with a great view”
30 Dec 2016
“Christmas walk”
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Reviewed 6 January 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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank David H
Reviewed 30 December 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!

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 8 December 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

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Neil L
Reviewed 29 October 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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank MH4Z
Reviewed 24 January 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

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank giuseppecincin
Reviewed 15 July 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

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Emily W
Reviewed 10 June 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

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank Rantinrover
Reviewed 21 February 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

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank Adam S
Reviewed 19 August 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

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank MrsPepperpot_12
Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

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

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank Brattyhands
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