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An Caisteal Garbh, Drochaid Buine: gearastan

If you can only visit one location on the Antonine Wall, Rough Castle fort is clearly the best choice.

Although the fort is the second smallest on the wall, it is easily the best-preserved and offers the most spectacular and memorable views of the surviving Roman remains. Here you can see an excellent example of the Antonine Wall ditch, the tallest-surviving portion of rampart, defensive lilia pits to the north of the wall, and easily identifiable fort and annexe defences, including multiple ditches and gateways. This is the best site to gain an impression of how the frontier and its integral forts worked.

Rough Castle is signposted at Bonnybridge, and then along a quiet side road from the B816 between Bonnybridge and High Bonnybridge. There is a small car park at the end of this road. Alternatively, park at the Falkirk Wheel, then follow the signposted path up from the visitor centre, a walk of about 15 minutes.

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