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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 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 extended across all five local authorities managing parts of the Antonine Wall, including North Lanarkshire.

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

The project ran from October 2018 until 31 March 2023 and delivered a variety of projects which focused on regeneration and community engagement. 

Further information and any updates on successor projects can be found at Rediscovering the Antonine Wall on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

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 and will be available in due course which 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 Guidance.

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


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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:
04 Mar 2024

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