The Antonine Wall

... A Guide to the Antonine Wall and Routes on the Antonine Way

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Welcome to the Antonine Way

The Antonine Way links Bo'ness on the River Forth with Old Kilpatrick just outside Glasgow on the River Clyde. There are various sections of the Antonine Wall still available to view along the 37 mile trail - it passes very close to the Falkirk Wheel - another monument albeit a little bit more modern.

Walking the Antonine Way is possible and would provide a unique experience and a satisfying achievement. If you are considering a walking holiday in Scotland and using the Forth & Clyde canal as part of your itinerary then make sure you take the opportunity to visit The Antonine Way - you will find all the information you need here.

The Antonine Wall, begun in AD 142 during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius , consisted of a turf rampart set on a stone foundation stretching 37 miles across central Scotland. A broad ditch was dug in front of the Wall as part of the overall defenses, and the fill from this ditch formed a low mound to the north. To the south, a road called the Military Way ran behind the wall. The barrier, built from east to west, stretched between the Firth of Forth at Bo'ness and the mouth of the River Clyde at Old Kilpatrick.

This fascinating monument brings history to life and provides an insight into Scotland, its people and the way their culture has been formed over many centuries.

Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus Pius

ANTONINUS PIUS

Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus Pius (lived from September 19, 86 until March 7, 161) was Roman emperor from the period 138 to 161. He was the fourth of the Five Good Emperors and a member of the Aurelii. He did not possess the sobriquet "Pius" until after his accession to the throne. Read More ...

 

ANTONINE PATHS

Details on path networks around the Falkirk area including mobility access

Details on path networks around the Falkirk area including mobility access.

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ROMAN HISTORY

How did the Romans live, what was their tactics, why did they come to Scotland?

How did the Romans live, what was their tactics, why did they come to Scotland?.

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MAPS and GUIDES

Maps detailing the accessible stretches along the route of the Antonine Wall

Maps detailing the accessible stretches along the route of the Antonine Wall.

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ROMAN MILITARY TACTICS

The reconquest of southern Scotland was completed by AD 142 and work began on the military installations designed to ensure the Roman grip on the area. A new frontier, the Antonine Wall, was built across the narrow waist of Scotland, the Forth-Clyde isthmus. Behind the Wall regiments were based in the forts and fortlets on the roads leading north. Hadrian's Wall was abandoned, together with most of the forts to its south. Read more...