A forested climb to the site of an Iron Age hill fort
The Pirn Hill in Caberston Forest is one of many Iron Age settlements along the Tweed Valley. They’re known as ‘hill forts’, although they may have been built more as status symbols than as a defence against attackers. They all hold commanding positions on hilltops, making them great places to drink in the view.
You'll also pass sculptures by local artist, Mary Kenny, inspired by different periods in Innerleithen’s history. See if you can spot prehistoric hunters, Roman soldiers, a Celtic storyteller, Innerleithen’s mills and spa, a modern-day family celebrating ‘Cleikum’, or the fish and farm animals that have sustained the town through the centuries.
Pirn Hill Trail
Climb back in time around the Iron Age hill fort on Pirn Hill. There’s an option to include the summit and panoramic views over the Tweed Valley.
Uneven earth and grass paths. Includes short steep sections with loose gravel.
Allow ¾ hours
The trail starts at the historic Cuddy Brig across the Leithen Water. Look for a signpost on Leithen Road, pointing down a track between the houses on the right. It leads you to the site of a hilltop fort built 2,000 years ago, and to protect the archaeological site there are no waymarkers up onto the summit of the hill itself.
Facilities & access
There are public toilets and lots of places to eat and drink in Innerleithen.
The trail begins in Innerleithen, on Leithen Road 500m from the junction with the High Street. Look for the signpost to 'Pirn Hill Fort' that points down a track between the houses on the east side of the road.
There is a car parking on Leithen Road, just south of the start of the trail.
EH44 6HE is the nearest postcode.
Local buses, as well as services from Edinburgh, stop on Innerleithen High Street. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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