Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Hillend Iron Age Hill Fort

Caerketton Hill is on the north-eastern end of the Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh. With its dry ski slope, it dominates the view from the Edinburgh bypass. About halfway up is a distinctive knoll that is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.

It takes its name from the small hamlet at the foot of the hill, Hillend.

It consisted of stone walls and rampart but the stones have been robbed and the rampart flattened so there is not actually much to see, just a faint lip of a terrace.

It’s fascinating to imagine that this fort is contemporary to the hut circles on Percy Rigg I posted yesterday. Although the Iron Age is assumed to have lasted a bit longer in Scotland without the influence of the Romans.

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