Castle Hill Hillfort


Castle Hill Aerial


  • Twechar, East Dunbartonshire
  • NS709761


Castle Hill is the hill fort which sits with Bar Hill Roman Fort, next to the Antonine Wall.

It is a small contour fort of which only small traces remain. The original date for the site is still unknown.

Originally covering an area of only 0.15 hectares, it measures 49 meters by 40 meters and is defended to the north and west by two ramparts. There is a possible entrance on the eastern side. It may have, at one time, covered the whole hilltop.

The ramparts to the north east, north west and south west were constructed of rubble, and the south and south east sides of the fort have been destroyed by quarrying.

As there have been no excavations on the site to date, little is known of the fort. In the area of Bar Hill Roman Fort, which was built on part of the hill fort, a shale spindle whorl and a perforated pendant have been uncovered. Following is the only information we have for this site.


1955         First recorded.

1957         Listed as a monument for the first time.

1961         Scheduled.

1977         Field Investigation.

1999         Scheduled. Monument Number SM90008


The view from Castle Hill. A very well preserved stretch of the Antonine ditch and rampart.
By BJ Smur, CC BY-SA 2.0,


For more information on this hill fort visit the following links

Castle Hill. Canmore. Available at

SM90008. Antonine Wall, Bar Hill, rampart, ditch, fort and Military Way. Historic Environment Scotland. Available at


Castle Hill Trig Point.
By Lirazelf – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,



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Castle Hill With the ditch and rampart of the Antonine Wall in the foreground. The drystane dyke is not so ancient!
By BJ Smur, CC BY-SA 2.0,



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