Croy Hill Roman Fortlet
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The fort is small, measuring 270 ft x 243 feet, enclosing an area of 1.5 acres. The fort was joined to the wall on its northwest side and was defended by three ditches on the southwest and two ditches on the southeast.
Within the fort is a large well and a rectangular bath house lies just outside the northern corner. Excavations at Croy Hill revealed that the 2nd-century fort lies atop an earlier Roman camp, which has been linked - though with precious little evidence - to the 1st-century campaigns of Agricola in Scotland.
So here on one site, you have remains of a fort, a later fortlet, a temporary marching camp, and two raised platforms used as signal towers. It is not surprising that Croy Hill was used for signalling; at 120m above sea level it is one of the highest points on the Antonine Wall and it offers wide-reaching views from the Firth of Forth in the east, the Kilsyth Hills to the north, and Bar Hill, the next fort to the west.
Excavations revealed foundations of a granary, headquarters building, a stone-lined well, and a shrine with an altar to nymphs. Artefacts uncovered during the excavations included coins from the reigns of Domitian (AD 81-96) and Trajan (AD 98-117). Later investigation found a fortlet some 80m west of the main fort, and fragments of pottery suggesting that the hill was settled before the coming of the Romans.
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About Croy Hill Roman Fortlet
Address: Antonine Wall, Croy, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: Off the B802 between Croy and Dullatur. Car park at the west end of Croy, then by path to the summit of Croy Hill.
Website: Croy Hill Roman Fortlet
Photo Credit: Chris Wimbush, 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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