Artist’s illustration of Bath-House at Barr Hill Roman Fort

Today, I provided a tour of highlights of the Antonine Wall in Scotland, part of a World Heritage Site.

The Antonine Wall was constructed between AD 139 and 142 under Emperor, Titus Aurelius Antoninus. It extends for a length of about 37 miles on a line roughly between modern -day Edinburgh and Glasgow in the south of Scotland.The Wall represented the Northern Frontier of the Roman Empire until Antoninus’s death in AD 161 whereafter Hadrian’s Wall was reinstated as the Northern Frontier, some 100 miles south.The Wall was constructed on a 14 ft wide stone base on which sat a turf built rampart, possibly ten feet high.

The tour was undertaken in an East to West direction, commencing Falkirk and visiting:

  • The Wall near Callendar House in Falkirk

Antonine Wall at Falkirk

  • Bonnybridge and the excellent section of the Wall at Rough Castle. Here can be viewed a Roman ‘minefield’ which the Romans called ‘Lilia’ due to similarity with lily pads.

Antonine Wall and Rough Castle, Bonnybridge.

Lilia, a Roman minefield at Rough Castle

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle

  • Twechar, from where we hiked about half a mile to visit the Barr Hill Fort, the highest elevation on the Wall. Here can be viewed reasonably well-preserved remains including the Bathhouse.

Landscape view N.W. from Barr Hill

Roman Fort at Barr Hill

Bathhouse at Barr Hill Roman Fort

Artist’s illustration of Barr Hill Roman Fort

  • Bearsden, where we visited the Roman Baths connected with the former fort on the site. This site was only discovered in the 1970s.

Bearsden Roman Baths

Artist’s illustration of Bearsden Roman Bathhouse.

  • Foundations of the Wall in New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Bearsden.

Excavated base of the Antonine Wall at New Kilpatrick Cemetery.

Finally, guest was taken to Glasgow for onward journey by rail.

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