Historic Scotland

Opening times

Castlecary is open year-round.

 

Overview

Admire the stone ramparts of this well-defended Roman fort on the Antonine Wall. Castlecary was protected by thick stone walls – one of only two forts along the wall to feature stone defences.

The Castlecary site is today bisected by the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line, which enters at the north-east corner and exits just south of the fort’s western gate. The north side of the fort was in line with the Antonine Wall’s ramparts, with the defensive ditch beyond.

Castlecary fort was one of 16 known forts along the Antonine Wall, which was built across Scotland’s central belt from AD 140. The wall formed the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire.