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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:





The lay-by parking is surfaced with rough tarmac.

Approach to site

Access to the site is over about 500m of rough uphill ground and over agricultural land.

The path is reached from the lay-by up 6 narrow and uneven stone steps with a handrail to a narrow kissing gate.

The route continues up a steep slope with 51 steps cut into the ground with a handrail.

An uneven path then cuts across a field to another kissing gate. The field is used for grazing cattle and can be very muddy in wet weather.

The final stretch to the visitor centre is a loose gravel path.

Visitor centre

There are two steep steps into the visitor centre. Inside is a graphic interpretation of the site.


The surface around the cairn is rough stone.

The top of the cairn is reached via 14 stone steps (no handrail).

Access to the cairn’s interior is down a metal ladder of 11 rungs.


A large grassed area surrounds the monument.


There are no toilets on site.

Nearest adapted toilet (3.5 miles) is at:

Beecraigs Country Park
EH49 6PL


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Cairnpapple Hill.  

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