Historic Scotland

Opening times

Rough Castle is open year-round.

 

Overview

Get a real picture of Roman frontier life at the best-preserved fort on the Antonine Wall. Rough Castle is the second-smallest fort on the wall, but it’s in the best state of preservation. 

In the area around Rough Castle, visitors can see: 

  • The tallest surviving section of rampart 
  • A short length of the Military Way, which ran the length of the wall 
  • Defensive lilia pits 
  • Fort and annexe defences 
  • Multiple ditches and gateways 

Rough Castle 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.