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*CLOSED* Cairnpapple Hill

In light of updated Scottish Government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to close public access to our staffed properties and offices until further notice. All planned public events will also be postponed until further notice – full details of these can be found on our Events page in the coming days: historicenvironment.scot/whats-on.

Stand on a once sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments 6000 years ago. Open in Summer only.

  • Overview
  • Key info
  • Getting There
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • On Public Transport Route
  • Children Welcome
  • Only Cash or Debit/Credit Card

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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Cairnpapple Hill
Bathgate Hills
West Lothian

Tickets offers

  • Adults £6.00
  • Children £3.60
  • Concessions £4.80

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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