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Windy Knowe & Caerlee Hill

Bonfire: Caerlee Hill Bonfire: Caerlee Hill GR Photography

Caerlee Hill and Windy Knowe, two smaller hills facing each other across Leithen Valley, provide excellent easily reached vantage points from which to view Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley. Both were of strategic importance in the past.

Concentric mounds and ditches, perhaps more noticeable on the former, mark the defences of Iron Age forts. It is on Caerlee Hill that Innerleithen’s traditional festival is brought to a close. The event is marked by lighting a bonfire near the summit that can be seen for miles around.

Windy KnoweA circle of seven stone cairns marks the top of Windy Knowe. The circle approximates the floor area of the round huts that were the dwellings of the inhabitants of this Iron Age hilltop settlement.

A series of exquisite carvings by sculptress Mary Kenny, who lives in the town, are mounted on top of the cairns and tell the story of Innerleithen from the Iron Age to the present day.