One of many Iron Age hill forts along the Tweed Valley, with superb views and intriguing sculptures

Caberston Forest

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.

Walking Viewpoint Ancient monument

Places to eat nearby

You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Innerleithen.

Walking trails

Find out more in our guide map to the Tweed Valley Forest Park (PDF 4.96MB).

Cycling trails

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.

Contact: Dumfries and Borders Forest District

Address: Ae Village, Parkgate, Dumfries

Postcode: DG1 1QB

Telephone: 0300 067 6900


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.

Using SatNav?

EH44 6HE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Visit Traveline Scotland for details of buses to Innerleithen.

Nearby places

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 Tweed Valley Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 3.8MB) will help you explore.

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