Walk through history in Caberston Forest
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.
Cairns on the summit mark out the size of a typical Iron Age hut, with sculptures by local artist and storyteller Mary Kenny that celebrate 2,000 years of history.
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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.
¾ miles / 1.4 km 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.
Mountain biking trails
History in stone
The sculptures by Innerleithen artist and storyteller Mary Kenny were made in 2001 as part of a programme that developed a number of heritage sites along the Tweed Valley.
The designs are 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.
How to get here
There’s a car park in Innerleithen on Leithen Road (the B709) at grid reference NT 333 368. From there, walk about 350 yards (320 metres) away from the town centre and look for a signpost to ‘Pirn Hill Fort’ that points down a track between the houses on the right. Follow the track and cross over the Leithen Water to reach the forest.
EH44 6HE is the nearest postcode.
Visit Traveline Scotland for details of buses to Innerleithen.
Caberston is just one of many wonderful forests in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. Thornielee has a story to tell of a local shotgun wedding, and at Glentress you’ll find wonderful walking trails as well as world-class mountain biking.
Our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park will help you explore.
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