Bar Hill Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In the courtyard of the headquarters building is an impressive well, 43 feet deep and 4 feet square, lined with carved stones all the way down. This well yielded a great number of archaeological finds, including wooden comb, sandals, shoes, and arrowheads. A short distance to the east is an Iron Age fort.
The most significant discovery at Bar Hill was a small 2nd-century altar to Silvanus, which is thought to have stood at a shrine just outside the fort. This altar, standing three feet high, is now stored at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
The altar bears an inscription in Latin which translates as "Erected to the God Silvanus by Caristanius Iustianus, praefect of the first cohort of Hamii, in willing payment of a vow."
About Bar Hill Fort
Address: Antonine Wall, Twechar, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: Just east of Twechar, signposted from the village. Access off the B8023 Kirkintilloch to Kilsyth Road
Website: Bar Hill Fort
Photo Credit: Andrew Barclay, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Bar Hill Fort:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Bar Hill Fort. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.