This was not a peaceful area, then after their struggles with the barbarians, they would create decorative slabs, and 20 of these still survive.
Unlike Hadrian's Wall where large sections survive, little of the Antonine wall survives today. Most of these remains are now under the care of Historic Scotland, and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage listings as a part of the Roman Frontiers. See World Heritage Sites and World Heritage Sites in the UK.
You can get an idea of what can be seen by looking at the photos below and following up the other links to photographs at the bottom of the page.
The wall was about 13ft (4m), made of layers of turf, with some earth in places. On the north side there was a large ditch and to the south a Roman road known as the Military Way. The spoil from the ditch was used to form a wide low mound to the north. It was built and maintained by soldiers of the three legions of Britain – the II Augusta (from Caerleon in South Wales), the VI Victrix (from York), and XX Valeria Victrix (from Chester). Other inscriptions show that some Forts and repairs were done by both legionaries and auxiliary units.
The original plan was to have forts every 6 miles but this was changed to be every 2 miles. There was a total of 19 forts along the wall. One of the best preserved and also one of the smallest is Rough Castle Fort. As well as the original forts there were 9 smaller fortlets, which was probably part of the original plan, but most of these later were changed into forts. The best example you can see today of a fortlet is at Kinneil. The position of the known forts is shown in the map below.
Supporting the wall there were a number of coastal forts including in the east Inveresk and to the West Outerwards and Lurg Moor). A number of other forts further north were brought back into service in the Gask Ridge area, including Ardoch, Strageath, Bertha and probably Dalginross and Cargill.
Throughout history it has been seen and written about, often by other names, these include the Wall of Pious, Antonoine vallium, and Grims Dyke. Grims means devil and there are a lot of grim or devils ditches both in Britain and other countries.
It was not until 1764 that the wall was mapped and this was undertaken by William Roy of Ordnance Survey, some of what he mapped has since been destroyed by later developments.
Today you can visit some parts of the wall including some sites that are in the care of Historic Scotland (HS), open to the pubic and Free to visit. These include:-
The best points to see today are said to include:-
However I would suggest you look at the links to the Historic Scotland pages on each of these sites and explore the photographs below and links from our other photo links below, before planning a journey, as the amount to see in any of these locations is very limited compared to Hadrian's Wall and other Roman and historic remains.
Remains of a roman
bathhouse at Bearsden,
Barr Hill Roman baths NS707759 Photo by Jim Bain.
Course of the Antonine Wall at Croy Hill Photo by Chris Wimbush
Rough Castle on Antonine Wall Photo by Dan Smith
Photo from Flicker