Castlelaw Hill Fort

[View into the Pentlands from Castlelaw Hill Fort]

Castlelaw Hill Fort is a large, iron age fort at the summit of one of the Pentlands' eastern foothills. What sets it apart from other nearby hill forts is a 20-metre long earth house (or souterrain) incorporated into one of the defensive ditches. You can still explore inside if you're prepared to stoop. It's easy to see why the fort was constructed here: views from here over rural Midlothian and into the heart of the hill range around Glencorse Reservoir are both excellent. Today the hill fort is situated right on the boundary of a military firing range - although the fort is safe to visit, venturing any further west is forbidden on firing days (look out for red flags).

[Inside the souterrain]

Name: Castlelaw Hill Fort ★☆☆
Location: Minor road end 3 miles north of Penicuik, G.R.: NT 229639 / chambers chugging seasons
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Short uphill walk on grass to access the fort can be soggy underfoot after rain.


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