9 remnants of the Roman Empire you can visit around Scotland

Scotland is littered with evidence of the Roman Empire, obliterating the myth that the occupation only extended as far as Hadrian’s Wall.

Bearsden Roman Baths

The existence of the many forts along the Antonine Wall in the Central Belt and fascinating remains at Bearsden and Cramond show that Rome’s presence in Scotland was far more steady than some people might believe.

We take a look at 9 remnants of the Roman Empire you can visit around Scotland.

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A must visit, Bar Hill Fort was once the highest fort along the Antonine Wall and would have towered over the Kelvin Valley in the second century AD. Visitors get a double treat, as they can also see a nearby Iron Age fort.

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Situated on a rocky outcrop near Drum Sands on the Firth of Forth, it is thought the Eagle Rock was carved during the Roman occupation of Cramond between AD 140 and AD 200. The eagle was a prominent symbol used in ancient Rome, especially as the standard of a Roman legion
Now surrounded by 20th century housing, Bearsden Roman Baths is a fascinating remnant of the Roman occupation. The fort which once stood on the site has been mostly covered by modern developments, but the bath house and latrines used by the Roman soldiers are still visible, offering a unique window into the past.
Dating to the first century AD, Ardunie Roman Signal Station near Auchterarder, just north of the Ochil Hills, predates the building of the Antonine Wall.
While it was not connected to the Antonine Wall, Cramond Fort near Edinburgh was an important site during the Roman occupation and would have housed around 1000 soldiers.
Located south of Crieff near the village of Braco in Perthshire, the once vast Ardoch Roman Fort was formerly comprised of several marching camps and a signal tower.
Rough Castle near Bonnybridge might have been the second-smallest fort along the Antonine Wall but it’s in the best state of preservation. One feature worth a mention is the series of defensive lilia pits, which would have once contained stakes.
Known to the Romans as Vallum Antonini, the Antonine Wall was not a permanent stone structure like Hadrian's Wall, but was made of wood and turf on a stone foundation. The wall spans 39 miles the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth.
Located near Melrose, Trimontium, also known as Newstead Roman Fort, is considered to have been the most important of all the Roman forts in Scotland. Pictured is a hollow which is believed to have been the amphitheatre at Trimontium, which was attached to the main fort complex.

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