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Outerwards,Roman fortlet

A Scheduled Monument in North Coast and Cumbraes, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.8601 / 55°51'36"N

Longitude: -4.827 / 4°49'37"W

OS Eastings: 223167

OS Northings: 666607

OS Grid: NS231666

Mapcode National: GBR 32.3V08

Mapcode Global: WH2MN.TYLY

Entry Name: Outerwards,Roman fortlet

Scheduled Date: 14 May 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4377

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: fortlet

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of an upstanding remains of a small Roman fortlet measuring 50m across rampart, ditch and upcast mound. It contains the remains of two stone buildings and dates to the mid 2nd century AD. The monument overlooks the Clyde estuary and is approaches. This is one of the few visible fortlets in Scotland and a part of the important frontier complex, the Antonine Wall.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is nationally important because of its field characteristics, rarity as a visible fortlet and contribution to our understanding of Roman control over the W flank of the Antonine Wall.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NS 36 NW 2.


Newall F 1976, 'The Roman Signal Fortlet at Outerwards, Ayrshire', Glasgow Arch J, 4, 111-123.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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