The Antonine Wall in the world’s first UNESCO trail

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience another time period? Unfortunately, science and technology haven't progressed that far just yet, but why should that stop us? VisitScotland and UNESCO give you the opportunity to discover some of the best-preserved historical sites through the first-ever digital trail in the world.

 

This interactive trail was designed to specifically support ongoing ambitions to make Scotland a world-renowned responsible, and sustainable tourism destination. Scotland has so much to offer, and this partnership allows visitors to have so many different experiences – from nature lovers to history buffs, the trail has something for everyone.  

 

We're lucky enough that we have one of the destinations right on our doorstep right here in Falkirk. The Antonine Wall – a UNESCO World Heritage Site - can still be seen at various sites across our area. You will find significant lengths of the wall at Rough Castle, Polmont Wood, Callendar Park, Kinneil Fortlet in Kinneil Estate, Seabegs Wood and Tamfourhill in Camelon.  

 

Wondering what The Antonine Wall is? Read on to find out a bit more about this historical wonder... 

 

Frontiers of The Roman Empire, The Antonine Wall 

 

Kinneil Fort

Kinneil Roman Fortlet

 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the Falkirk area, is your chance to fulfil that dream of travelling back in time. This is the most significant engineering project ever embarked upon in the area. Known to the Romans as Vallum Antonini, the Romans built this site across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde.  

 

This is the Roman Empire's northernmost border. It spanned approximately 63 kilometres (39 miles) and was about three metres (10 feet) high and five metres (16 feet) wide. Its construction began in AD 142 at Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius's order and took about 12 years to complete. 

 

To get a glimpse of how majestic it was, you can visit several prominent locations where the best-preserved fragments are. The route is vibrant and filled with astonishing views of ancient tracks, serene landscapes, towns, and cities.  

 

In the University of Glasgow's Museum, you can actually see the stone sculptures unique to the Antonine Wall, which was embedded in the wall to mark the lengths built by each legion. They are considered the best-preserved examples of sculpture from any Roman frontier. Recent research suggests that these stone sculptures were once brightly painted, unlike today's bare look.  

 

This location makes for the perfect family day out, as it's full of adventure. You can find replica distance slabs, sculptures and Roman-themed playparks – an ideal way to mix education and history with lots of fun.  

 

There are so many other destinations on this trail worth visiting if you want to explore the rest of the UNESCO Trail, head over to the VisitScotland site.

 

Blog by Emma Malcolmson | VisitScotland

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