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Iron Age Fort

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 February 2015
Adam S
Vashon, Washington
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 the spot. Explore inside the earth house, fascinating if you stop and think. Less so... More 

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 the site. It takes no more than 15 minutes to be visited . Everything is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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. The views around the fort are the best part of this trip as they are... More 

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 the hill fort which is then only a 5 - 10 minute walk. The attraction... More 

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Vashon, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 is interesting for the history.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 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... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

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... More 

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