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

Visit the Antonine Wall

Visit the Antonine Wall

About this Guide


This article follows the line of the Antonine Wall from its eastern end at Bo’ness to its terminus at Old Kilpatrick. It is divided into ten parts (plus an additional page looking at the fortifications that existed beyond the Wall ). As with any narrative on a linear structure, the articles do not take the form of standalone, circular walks and, at present, I do not currently  suggest any on the website for two reasons:


(1) Everyone has their own pace/endurance when it comes to walking. At a mere 37 miles long, it is entirely possible to complete the entire length of the Wall in a (long) day. Others may wish to take a more sedate pace and complete the walk over two days making use of the hotel facilities on route (Kirkintilloch would seem the best choice here). Others will just want to cherry-pick the best segments - in which case I would recommend you plan your visits around Rough Castle, Bar Hill and Croy Hill.


(2) The line of the Wall runs through the central belt guaranteeing endless public transport meaning the ability to return to wherever you started is never far away. Indeed the route is crossed on multiple occasions by the railway with stations near to the Wall at Bo'ness, Kinneil, Polmont, Falkirk, Camelon, Croy, Lenzie (Kirkintilloch), Bishopsbriggs, Bearsden and Kilpatrick. Add to that the various bus routes and there really is a myriad of options to make your own walks.


Accordingly what is presented here is a guide to the entirety of the line of the Wall including all surviving remains allowing the reader to choose what they want to see. I hope you find this useful and please contact me if you have any suggestions or comments.

Start walking the Antonine Wall

Key:

Known Fort Location (No Visible Remains)

Fort (Visible Remains)

Other visible remains

The impressive segment of ditch at Dullatur

Sign-posted paths are fairly rare but there is always a route to follow the Wall

Why Visit?


The Antonine Wall is a hidden gem and a 'must see' for anyone interested in the Romans. Much of the frontier has been destroyed for the Roman engineers were just too efficient. When the Canal, Railway and Motorway builders arrived they could not better their second century counterparts and followed a similar route to their destination destroying much of the heritage as did the house builders attempting to meet the needs of the expanding nineteenth and twentieth century populations. Nevertheless segments of the frontier remain and walking the line the visitor cannot help but be impressed as it darts between summits, towers above the Carron and Kelvin valleys and overlooks the approaches from the Campsie Fells and Kilsyth Hills.

Consisting of an earth rampart, ditch and Military Road - all of which ran for 37 miles between Bo’ness and Old Kilpatrick - the Wall served as Rome’s Northernmost frontier for two decades. Although less famous than Hadrian’s Wall, its design was more sophisticated and clearly incorporated the lessons identified from building and maintaining the southern frontier.

Carriden to Mumrills Mumrills to Rough Rough to Castlecary Castlecary to Westerwood Westerwood to Bar Hill Bar Hill to Kirkintilloch Kirkintilloch to Cadder Cadder to Bearsden Bearsden to Castlehill Castlehill to Old Kilpatrick Beyond the Wall

Visit the Antonine Wall