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The Antonine Wall

In 2008 the Antonine Wall was designated as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. Within North Lanarkshire, it runs from Castlecary to Croy and is one of only six World Heritage Sites in Scotland.

World Heritage Site - Rediscovering The Antonine Wall

The Antonine Wall was built in the years following AD 142 on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius.

Sitting between the firths of Forth and Clyde, the Antonine Wall briefly marked the northmost point of the Roman Empire.

Although it is not built in stone, its impact on the landscape was immense. It followed over a 60 km line from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth.

The Antonine Wall secured National Lottery Heritage Funding in 2018 for a £2.1 million project that extends across all five local authorities managing parts of the Antonine Wall, including North Lanarkshire.

Lasting until 2021/2022 the project is co-designed with local communities and is focused on regeneration and community engagement: schools have helped design Roman themed playparks (with one in development for Auchinstarry); sculptures have been commissioned for Croy Hill; and a mural will be created with local youth groups.

A community video project is planned that will look at changes along the Wall in the last 50 years and resources are being developed for schools on topics such as food and cooking, camping and clothing.  

A 21st Century legion of volunteers is being recruited and trained to help co-design projects in their communities, act as tour guides, help with research and raise awareness. 

If you'd like to get invloved, please visit the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall website to sign up.  

Led by West Dunbartonshire Council, the project is in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council and Historic Environment Scotland.

Management Plan

In accordance with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) guidelines there is a management plan for 2014-2019, this provides a broad framework for us and our partners to manage, conserve and enhance this important site. 

The management plan includes actions to build and expand this partnership working by exploring the medium-term objectives for the Antonine Wall as well as extending to other projects involving Hadrian's Wall and the German Limes.

A new plan is in development for 2020/2021 and will see projects and proposals build on the success of the existing plan. 


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Planning Guidance

The five local authorities managing the Antonine Wall, along with Historic Environment Scotland have produced Supplementary Planning Guidance.

You will have to consider this if you undertake any development close to the Antonine Wall. 

Other documents associated within this are the environmental report and the consultation report and SEA post adoption statement.


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You can also VisitLanarkshire for information on the Antonine Wall as well as other attractions and accommodation across Lanarkshire.

Page last updated:
08 Mar 2022

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