Fun Family Activity Category: Places of Interest
One of our favourite places, lots to do and see.
The Falkirk Wheel is a fantastic day out with a difference and accessible to everyone! With boat trips, a cafe, gift shop, children’s activity zone, water play park & mini-canal, waterwalkerz, canoeing, bike hire and woodland walks; there really is something for everyone!
The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland.
The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to a 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland’s traditional engineering expertise.
Designed to replace a series of lock gates built in the 19th century – long since demolished and replaced by housing – The Falkirk Wheel is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project where coast-to-coast navigation of the canals has been re-established for the first time in over 40 years.
The Forth& Clyde canal was opened in 1773 and extended from Grangemouth on the River Forth to Bowling on the River Clyde. The Union (or Edinburgh & Glasgow Union) canal was opened much later in 1822 and operated from Edinburgh to Falkirk with a series of locks connecting the two canals at Port Downie in Camelon. These were demolished years ago and for decades, there has been no through traffic on the canals.
- Address: The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Rd, Tamfourhill