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Name:Cairnpapple Hill
Hill number:1827
Height:312m / 1024ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:West Lothian (UA)
County (CoH):West Lothian (CoH)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Historic County Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NS 98754 71148
Summit feature:no feature 5m NE of trig point
Col:147m  NT000678  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 65
(1:25k) 349E
Observations:trig point is located in a small depression; ground to 10m NE of trig point is c 5cm higher; large mound 140m E at NS 98896 71144 is c 1.5m lower; viewpoint 300m E at NS 99062 71126 is c 2.5m lower
Survey:Abney level
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  • West Lothian historic county top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 296 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Simon Winton02/01/2020
Short grassy walk from gate at road junction near Knockkdbennett30/11/2019
Nomad Perkins07/11/2019
Here for the trigpoint. TP:UK log: Parked at Knock viewpoint for an easy enough walk after climbing gate - tractor track almost all the way to the trigpoint. Climbed up to viewpoint on the way back which was worth it for the view and I don't think I would have noticed the nearby stone circle otherwise.thejackrustles12/09/2019
Parked up at the parking for the hillfort and then realised my mistake when I realised I would have to pay £6. Relocated to the parking space for the Knock viewpoint and made an easy walk back up the road, over the gate and headed for the trigmadaddo20/07/2019
Not to be confused, in fog, with Historic Scotland's Cairnpapple Hill, which has an entrance fee. From the hardstanding CP just S of The Knock, NS990710, which has a lockable gate. Back N up the road and over the double gate on L. No view, 20m viz - used the wind direction and the sound of cars on the road to locate the gates on my return.Isbjorn28/06/2019
dave g13/06/2019
Quick bag on the way back from Kingussie. Parked beneath the Knock. The famous herd of cattle not in evidence. A lovely way to end a fantastic week of hill bagging.Owen B28/04/2019
After yesterdays torrent of snow and rain today had clear uninterrupted views from Arran to Bass Rock.Play2End17/03/2019
Quick walk, windy!Ben Tindal30/12/2018
On way back from Lomonds - ten minute round trip from the road.SS01/12/2018
Small parking area immediately S of The Knock, which had to be visited also. Herd of inquisitive cattle kept licking me.jonglew28/10/2018
A climb in the dark because of a monster traffic jam on the M8 followed by an inadvertent tour of the council estates of Bathgate. Fortunately, the hill makes an easy walk, from the viewpoint car park, up the road to the gate (couldn't see well enough for a shortcut) and then easy strolling on grass to the top. Fine view of streetlights.Gill10/10/2018
With E. Parked in lay-by for visiting Neolithic henge which, unfortunately, was just closing. Easy walk across fields to summit. Also visited nearby viewpoint with great views of Firth of Forth bridges. A nice little summit.Beeliner12/09/2018
12-minute return walk from car!willyross10/09/2018
Easy ascent from the east. Cloudy with light drizzle.Windy Corner21/08/2018
Walked from Bathgate station - took the road to the east of the hill and hopped over the gate just after The Knock. Cows were all lower down in the field, but could be problematic if on the top.Richard11/06/2018
From The Knock.summitter05/05/2018
Parked in car park near radio mast access track (as for marktrengrove below). Followed the access road then over the right hand of two gates across the field towards trig point. Two barbed wire fences next... under the first then over the second at a gap in the wall. On to the summit with no signs of livestock. Clear sunny day with great views.Jubilado08/02/2018
Solo. From car park on south side of The Knock. Over the Knock to summit of Cairnpapple Hill. Beautiful sunny day although very cold. Excellent views of snow-covered Ben Lomond, Stuc a' Chroin and the Ochils. Later went up Witch Craig, Cockleroy and Bowden Hill.pwbellarby07/01/2018
the pigguy 13/11/2017
Colin Crawford21/10/2017
Chris Peart21/10/2017
Parked at the back of the hill and visited the memorial cairn and then summit trig point. The Cairnpapple cows were great company, no sign of a bull though despite the sign...Chris Mac25/09/2017
carole engel15/09/2017
Parked just to E in car park by viewpoint hill. Over gate and 5-min walk across field to trig point. Sunny with good views. Observation pillar at viewpoint worth seeing too.dbb25/06/2017
Awkwardly up from foot of Raven Craig twisting around gorse and quarry. Was last here in 1999 but harbour a suspicion I might only have gone to signed historic mound to north and not the trig but can't for the life of me recall for sure - although I was preoccupied with raging toothache at the time and had just flown in from Ecuador and on way to emergency dentist in Edinburgh.Chris Pearson07/06/2017
As Columba, from the car park near the aerial access track at NS 97978 71473. The field next to the summit one was occupied by herd of aggressive cows with calves, and the summit field is now a playground for off-road vehicles. All rather unpleasant! With ALT to the aerial, then solo. Grey and rainy.Man of Kernow121/05/2017
After working in Coatbridge. Semi-overcast, larks. Pleasant. Rounsfell02/05/2017
Easy ascent from car park up the mast access track, hoped over a couple of fences across easy terrain to trig and summit. Ally's first Marilyn! Amazing views of Forth estuary, Alloa Hills and Pentland HillsColumba25/03/2017
Easy walk from car park to east. Worth exploring the Cairnpapple Cairn to the north and the stone circle near Knock farm.N.Morters18/03/2017