Antonine Wall at Rough Castle

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle, Scotland

This morning, I met with study tour group from Holland at Glasgow and then progressed as follows:

First to visit the The Antonine Wall World Heritage Site at Bonney Bridge. This Wall originally stretched 59km from the River Forth in the east of Scotland to Old Kilpatrick o the River Clyde in the west. It was initiated by the Emperor, Antoninus and was built around the period AD 139-142. It has been estimated that the construction force (military) totalled 8000 men. Along the Wall there may have been 26 forts of which Rough Castle (subject of visit) was one. After the death of Antoninus the Wall was progressively abandoned and the Romans withdrew the frontier back to south to Hadrian’s Wall which was reoccupied about AD 160.

The Antonine Wall was well constructed on a 4.2m wide stone base on top of which sat a 3m high turf rampart, the remains of which are still very prominent today.

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle, Scotland

After Rough Castle we drove to Linlithgow for lunch at the Old Post Office.

Old Post Office, Linlithgow

Old Post Office, Linlithgow, Scotland

 Then across the road to view the ruined but still impressive former royal palace. This impressive structure took about 100 years to complete, incorporated many fine aspects of renaissance architecture and was effectively abandoned after 1603 when the Scottish Monarch King James VI move to London to become King James I of England and ruled both countries. The decline of the building was accelerated after an accidental fire in 1745 when occupied by Government soldiers in context of the Jacobite uprising.

Linlithgow Royal Palace

Linlithgow Royal Palace, Scotland

Fountain at Linlithgow Palace

Fountain at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

 

Entrance to Linlithgow Palace

Entrance to Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

 

To finish off the day, we next drove to Edinburgh where we parted company with group-and fond farewlls- at lodgings on the Royal Mile.

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