The Romans did a lot for this country; aqueducts, sewers and underfloor heating for a start. They were also dab hands at locating good viewpoints and hiking up Croy Hill takes you to one such place. In Scotland’s Central Belt, this hill and its surroundings are littered with Roman construction and the Antonine Wall, travelling between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, trundles over the top.
Croy Hill was a Roman fort, one of 24 along the length of the wall. Overlooking the Forth and Clyde Canal, today it makes for an enjoyable ramble with good views in clear weather. Lying in the Central Belt, there are plenty of transport options so you can drive, cycle or use public transport to reach the area. Croy train station is immediately south of the hill and with a canal marina to the north east, you can technically arrive by water too.
Ditches and hillocks give away the presence of the fortifications and from the top, the Kilsyth Hills bubble up on the horizon. To extend your adventures, explore nearby Bar Hill Fort. Hike here all year round, taking care in slippery conditions.
Croy Hill is one of 16 known Roman forts built along the Antonine Wall from AD140. From the summit, you are afforded great views over the Kilsyth Hills to the north, the Firth of Forth and Fife hills to the east, and Bar Hill fort to the west.
October 1, 2019
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