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Stand on a once sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments 6000 years ago. Open in Summer only.
Cairnpapple Hill is one of the best-known prehistoric sites on the mainland of Scotland. It was a place known and revered by the people who lived in its shadow for thousands of years.
Archaeological excavations here in 1947-8 revealed that the monument had been the focus of communal activity for over 200 generations of local farmers, from the 4th millennium BC through to the Christian era.
Step inside a Neolithic henge, see the site of a great timber circle and descend into a Bronze Age cist. Cairnpapple represents a remarkable legacy from our prehistoric past.
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Open 1 April to 30 September 2019: Daily 09.30am - 5.30pm. Last entry 5.00pm.
Closed during the winter.
Guided tours are available in the summer season – please call 01506 634 622 to book.
Travel by Public Transport
From Bathgate train station walk 6 mins to Bathgate South Bridge Street at B'Wise. Take First Edinburgh bus no 474 (South Queensferry) to Torphichen, The Loan Rock Cottages - 8 mins.
Walk 15 mins to Cairnpapple Hill.
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