Chesters Hill Fort

East Lothian | Drem | Hill fort |

[View towards Berwick Law from Chesters Hill Fort]

Chesters Hill Fort's grassy, 2,000 year-old earthworks command outstanding views over East Lothian and were possibly once a base for the iron age Votadini tribe. The roughly circular ramparts probably used to encircle several houses, some still faintly visible in between all the grazing cows. You can't help thinking that the fort's position at the bottom of a higher hill was a pretty poor defensive choice; Historic Scotland suggest that this was a site "designed more for prestige than protection".

[Cows at the fort]

Location & info

📌 Chesters Hill Fort
Off minor road 1 mi south of Drem, G.R.: NT 508783 ///widen.crust.chip
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Car park at G.R.: NT 505782 ///mentioned.indeed.escape
Always open | Free

💬 From the car park it's a 5-min walk to the fort, initially on a track, then uphill on informal grassy paths.

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