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036 Cairn, Cairnpapple Hill, Torphichen.

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The summit of Cairnpapple Hill boasts a fine burial cairn and henge and is in the care of Historic Scotland. The site has a variety of features including burial cists, a henge bank and ditches and graves. Of interest here are an impressive ring of stone kerbs around the large burial cairn as well as various large stones used in the first burial. There is a small charge to enter this location.

The site can be found a few miles north of Bathgate and is well sign-posted. There is a small admission charge to enter the inner chamber. The remained of the site is open all year round.

Parking is available on site.

Cairnpapple Hill is well known locally as an ideal location for skywatching by UFO enthusiasts and is also in an area known to be a "hot spot" for UFO sightings with a famous close encounter on nearby Dechmont Law, some 4 miles to the east. The area around Cairnpapple is also reputed to be haunted by the Silver Man, a mysterious being who can apparently run over 50 miles per hour!

Cairnpapple is a place where you need peace and solitude to spend some time alone. When you are surrounded by other visitors it's still an amazing structure but it's not quite the same. Another trip is planned.

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Quick Info
Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Bathgate
Landranger Sheet 65
O.S. Explorer Sheet 349
Grid Reference: NS 9872 7175
GPS Reference: PAPPLE

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