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Follow in the footsteps of Iron Age lookouts

Bessie's Hill

Wander through history at Bessie's Hill

Over two thousand years ago, the powerful Selgovae tribe ruled Eskdale. They had a major base at Castle O’er: Bessie’s Hill was probably an outpost from where they could keep watch on the comings and goings in the valley.

Nobody has ever excavated the two distinct structures here, so we don’t know exactly what they were used for. It’s possible one was a fort or lookout point, with the other being a place to live.

You can find out more about the network of prehistoric sites in Eskdale along the Eskdale Prehistoric Trail.

Download our guide map of forests in the Southern Uplands to help you explore Bessie's Hill and other nearby forests.


Parking Walking Viewpoint Ancient monument

Essentials nearby

The nearest places to eat or find toilets are in Langholm or Lockerbie.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900

Email: dumfriesborders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Head towards Eskdalemuir from Lockerbie, Langholm or Hawick. Bessie’s Hill is on a minor road off the B709 between Eskdalemuir and Langholm, at grid reference NY 249 953.

Using SatNav?

DG13 0PL is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

There’s a spectacular hill fort just down the road at Castle O’er. You’ll find fine views from Craigieburn Forest, and peaceful riverside walks as well as world-class mountain biking at the Forest of Ae, near Dumfries.


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