Welcome to Rome's Northernmost Frontier!
In AD 138 Antoninus Pius became Emperor of Rome and needed a swift military victory to secure his position. He ordered Hadrian's Wall to be abandoned and sent his Legions back into Scotland where they established a new frontier between Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth and Old Kilpatrick on the Clyde. For twenty years this line, which is now known as the Antonine Wall, served as Rome’s northernmost frontier.
Visit the Wall
Significant sections of the Antonine Wall still survive. Find all the remains in this eleven part guide.
The Wall was a triumph of engineering that maximised use of the local topography. This guide details the line of the entire frontier from east to west including satellite navigation information to help you truly discover this amazing monument.
The Antonine Wall was a layered system comprised of various components.
The physical barrier was a ditch and rampart constructed from turf. Military operations were sustained from a network of forts all connected via a Military road.
The Romans had invaded Scotland in AD 80 but they soon withdrew to Hadrian’s Wall.
When Antoninus Pius became Emperor of Rome in AD 138 he reversed Hadrian’s policy of retrenchment. However, his new frontier was only occupied for twenty years.