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Caberston Forest

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Latest forest information

Event Notice: The Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley Festival will take place at Innerleithen from Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October. On these days all trails at Caberston will be closed to enable festival events to take place. 

About

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.

Guide map to Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 3.8MB)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Pirn Hill Trail

A trail notice is in effect

The Pirn Hill Trail will be closed from Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October to enable the Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley Festival events to take place.

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.4 km

Allow
¾ hours

More information

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.

Activities

Trails in Caberston

A pioneering mountain bike trail development scheme makes Caberston one of the best places for mountain biking in the UK, but there’s more to discover here for all types of forest user. Find out more about how we’re working to create ideal environments for walking, mountain biking and horse riding in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

Tweed Valley Zoning Plan (PDF 6MB)

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Ancient monument
Ancient monument

There are public toilets and lots of places to eat and drink in Innerleithen.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

EH44 6HE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Local buses, as well as services from Edinburgh, stop on Innerleithen High Street. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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