I am a keen dog walker and am fortunate enough to reside in one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic areas . My Border Terrier “ Bo “ enjoys the countryside and the chance to explore ! Despite the variable weather we regularly have to contend with , these ploys are great fun !
One of our favourite jaunts is to the Roman Watch Tower at Ardunie near Trinity Gask .It is approximately equidistant from Crieff and Auchterarder and some 7 miles west of Perth . Let us , however be quite honest- there is no existing Tower - there is just a clearing in the woods with an excellent series of descriptive boards illustrating what Ardunie was like a way back in the early days when it was constructed around 70 AD
|OS Map showing location of Ardunie Roman Watchtower.|
|Bo investigates the Romans !|
|The Roman Road|
Organic remains in the native settlements show no sign of being destroyed, while farming appears to have flourished.This is shown by the remains of pollen buried in the soil, which indicate that, soon after the Roman conquest, the numbers of weeds started to fall, suggesting cattle were grazing the land more intensely.
The archaeologist leading the research ( Dr David Woolliscroft ) said: "You can tell from the number of weeds it was low-level grazing before the Romans arrived and afterwards more animals must have been raised, leading to more grazing. The surprise is how peaceful it all seems to be. Wherever we've looked, we've found peace, tranquillity and prosperity, which is not all what we were expecting."
|The clearing in the wood where the watchtower was located|
|The farm road was in fact the original Roman Road|
Some 2000 years ago when the Roman watchtower occupied this site there would have been few trees around .
The fence is NOT to keep you out but simply protect the site from the grazing roe deer that abound here !
|Plan of the Gask Ridge shown on the site board at Ardunie|
The signage at Ardunie depicts what the watch tower would have looked like.