Black Hill (South Lanarkshire)

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Black Hill
Black Hill is located in South Lanarkshire
Black Hill
Black Hill
Black Hill shown within South Lanarkshire
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Post townLANARK
Postcode districtML11
EU ParliamentScotland
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55°40′15″N 3°51′37″W / 55.6708°N 3.8602°W / 55.6708; -3.8602Coordinates: 55°40′15″N 3°51′37″W / 55.6708°N 3.8602°W / 55.6708; -3.8602

The Black Hill in South Lanarkshire is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It overlooks the Clyde Valley, and is the location of a burial cairn from the Bronze Age and an Iron Age fortress.

The view from the trig point on Black Hill, looking north towards Glasgow and the Campsie Fells

The hill is 2 miles (3 km) east of Blackwood and looks down to the Clyde valley at Kirkfieldbank. It peaks at a height of 290m (or 951 feet)[1] - and now has an ordnance survey triangulation point on top of the cairn. Views include Goat Fell on the island of Arran and the Cobbler, Ben Lomond and parts of the Southern Highlands.[2]

As a strategic viewpoint it has been valued for over 4,000 years. Today, the outline of the Iron Age fort and its settlement enclosure along with the Bronze Age burial cairn are clearly visible. The site may have had spiritual significance for these early peoples, indeed it has been suggested that the cairn was built in line with the larger summit cairn on Tinto, and may have been used as a means of deciding the date of the Winter solstice.[2]

It was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1969.[3]


  1. ^ "Black Hill". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  2. ^ a b Lamarra, Paul (Apr 11, 2008). "Black Hill, Clyde Valley". Hamilton Advertiser. Scottish & Universal Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  3. ^ "Black Hill". Visitors' guide. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-09-23.

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