Traprain Law

Haddington, East Lothian EH41

Traprain Law

Traprain Law is a hill located 6 km east of Haddington in East Lothian, Scotland. At a height of about 221m (724 feet), a 45-60 minute moderate walk will take you through the fort’s ramparts and up onto the large plateau summit where there are fantastic views across East Lothian and the coast. It is also the home to 13 Exmoor ponies.

With evidence of occupation since 1000 BC. It is the site of an oppidum or hill fort, which covered at its maximum extent about 16 ha (40 acres). Whether it was a seasonal meeting place or permanent settlement is a matter of speculation. In the 1st century the Romans recorded the Votadini as a British tribe in the area, and Traprain Law is generally thought to have been one of their major settlements. They emerged as a kingdom under the Brythonic version of their name Gododdin and Traprain Law is thought to have been their capital before moving to Din Eidyn (Edinburgh Castle). The largest hacked-silver hoard found outside the Roman Empire of late Roman silver date from the early 5th century AD was found here.

Traprain Law is also a popular climbing destination, the main climbing area is found on the south east side of the law and comprises 3 main walls; Overhang Wall, Lammer Wall and Hexagon Wall. The routes tend to be slabby and are concentrated in the lower grades (D-VS).

Situated approximately 3km south-west of East Linton and 6km east of Haddington.

Car Park. Picnic benches. Open all year.

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