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A history of the Antonine Wall and a guide to the surviving remains of Rome’s Northernmost Frontier

Rough Castle to Castlecary

Beyond Rough Roman Fort


Once you have finished exploring Rough Castle itself head west following the substantial remains of the Antonine Wall. The earthworks of the fortification are impressive but don’t miss the slight ridge running south of this (the remains of the Military Way) nor the Bonnybridge expansions.

Bloomhill Road


The Wall now crosses the field, a railway track and an industrial estate. There is no direct route for you to follow so keep heading down Bonnyside Road (the same as you are currently on) and take a left into Foundry Road. At the end of the road you will be on Bloomhill Road a portion of which was aligned to the path of the Antonine Wall.

Seabegs Road


The line of Wall disappears under modern housing with no corresponding alignment between its path and the road configuration. Accordingly, follow Broomhill Road north-west until you intersect with Seabegs Road (just before the canal). The line of Wall continues just after you pass the last house of High Bonnybridge. Shortly after you will see Seabegs Wood on your left running parallel with the main road.

Travel and Parking

Continue to 'Castlecary'

Key:

Known Fort Location (No Visible Remains)

Fort (Visible Remains)

Other visible remains

Towards Seabegs


The public space in which Rough Castle and its adjacent section of Wall comes to an end at a fence and wood marking private property. You can see the ditch continue but shortly after it changes direction to West-South-West. Head out of the Rough public space and onto the road. A short distance down this road you will see the remains of the ditch leave the private property and continue in the field opposite.

This section offers superb examples of rampart, ditch and the Military Way. Parking is available at a variety of locations along the route. From Castlecary onwards you will be on a grass footpath.

Getting There

Rough Castle


Rough Castle (the Latin name is unknown) was a relatively small fort constructed to the standard Roman playing card design. The North Gate provided access beyond the frontier and this was well defended; the road through the gate angled sharply to the right and the front pits were dug (now known as Lilias) and fitted with wooden tipped spikes. The fort housed around 500 Roman Auxiliaries and was garrisoned by the Sixth Cohort of Nervians (Cohors VI Nerviorum), an infantry unit recruited from North East France.

Seabegs Fortlet


At the end of Seabegs stretch of Wall, in the field directly adjacent, was the next fortlet. Similar in size and function to that at Kinneil, nothing is now visible.

Seabegs Road


Head back onto Seabegs Road. If you’re walking retrace your steps on to the Canal towpath. Between Seabegs Wood and Castlecary, the line of Wall broadly follows the road although it initially runs under the canal and then to the north of Allandale Cottages. Keep going until you see a blue Historic Scotland sign on your left and a very slight segment of ditch.

This article details the line of the Antonine Wall from Rough Castle, through Seabegs and on to Castlecary. It is one of the best preserved segments of the Wall and, for much of its length, follows the official Antonine Wall trail. Seabegs and Rough offer preserved sections of the Military Way and the Wall rampart as well as impressive sections of ditch.

Wall resumes after Rough Castle

Ditch and rampart

The end of the Rough Castle area

Ditch continues into private property

Line of Wall from Rough

Wall aligned with Bloomhill Road here

Seabegs Wood


The short segment of Wall survived both the canal construction and that of Seabegs Road. The section includes a portion of the Military Way, an impressive section of ditch and remains of the rampart.

Military Way

Line of Wall

Slight ditch remains

Allandale Cottages

Castlecary Roman Fort


After you have completely passed through Allandale and passed the exit from the M80, take the next left onto an unnamed road. Directly in front of you in the field are the slight remains of Castlecary Roman Fort. To access the field turn left again and you will see an information board and a gate.

Approaching Rough Castle

Rough Castle

Slight remains of the Military Way - the road that ran to the south of the Wall

The ditch exits the private property...

...and continues opposite

Line of Wall

Towards Seabegs wood

Take care - very slippery!

The remains of the berm and the rampart of the Wall

The view north

Approaching site of Fortlet

Location of Seabegs Roman Fortlet

Slight ditch remains

Line of Wall

Approaching Castlecary

Line of Wall


LAT/LONG

OS GRID REF

POSTCODE

Rough Castle

55.997772N 3.856083W

NS 8433679868

FK4 2AA

Seabegs

55.992908N 3.900733W

NS 8153779403

FK4 2BX

Seabegs Fort

(Site of)

55.991029N 3.906997W

NS 8114079204

FK4 2BX

Castlecary Fort


55.982173N 3.941724W

NS 7894778279

FK4 2HR

Forts and Fortlets

Rough Castle:

(Extensive earthworks)

Lat/Long:  55.997772N 3.856083W

Grid Ref:   NS 8433679868

Postcode: FK4 2AA

Seabegs Roman Fortlet:

(Site of - no visible remains)

Lat/Long:  55.991029N 3.906997W

Grid Ref:   NS 8114079204

Postcode: FK4 2BX

Castlecary Roman Fort:

(Limited remains)

Lat/Long:  55.982173N 3.941724W

Grid Ref:   NS 7894778279

Postcode: FK4 2HR

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