The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland - it's not just for boat lovers!
You may have heard of the Falkirk Wheel - a large circular lock linking the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal
on the Scottish canal network. This remarkable engineering project is well worth a visit; and not just
for the canal boat enthusiasts out there.
The rather splendid Falkirk Wheel linking the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal
Something for everyone at the Falkirk Wheel
I'm not a canal boat enthusiast, but still fancied a look round the Falkirk Wheel. On a recent
road trip around Scotland with the family, we decided to stop off at the Falkirk Wheel for a couple
of hours. I figured we'd just look at the wheel and swoon at its magnificent engineering
significance. What I hadn't bargained for was all the activities around the wheel for the children. Our
youngest is 12 years-old, so a little old for most of the activities - she was so taken with some of them that she
said "you should have brought us here 4 years ago". Yeah, I know that now...
See how the Archimedes Screw works, and give it a go, at the Falkirk Wheel
Activities for children, and a go on the Falkirk Wheel
There are water based engineering inspired things to go try, such as the Archimedes Screw seen in the photo above. Paddle boats, cycle hire,
Segway tours, plus a water park all available. You don't need to pay to get into the Falkirk Wheel area either, so if you've
ever wanted to know how an Archimedes Screw works - come to the Falkirk Wheel!
Let us not forget the main event. There are boat trips which take you on the Falkirk Wheel, along the canal a little way and through the Rough Castle Tunnel.
Before performing a 3 point turn and heading back through the tunnel, round the Falkirk Wheel, and back to the start. The whole
trip takes about an hour.
Take a boat trip around The Falkirk Wheel, through the Rough Castle Tunnel, and back to the start
Walk or cycle around the area
The site of the Falkirk Wheel is crossed with footpaths and signed cycle routes - and has some magnificent views. We only had
a couple of hours at the Falkirk Wheel, which turns out just isn't long enough to really make the most of everything which
is going on here. I'd highly recommend spending a little more time here - maybe hire a cycle and explore a little.
You can really get some lovely views from the foot path at the top of the Falkirk Wheel
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A fabulous day out, the Falkirk Wheel links the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal. You have a variety of attractions at the Falkirk Wheel, including an Archimedes Screw, hire a cycle, paddle boats, or just a nice walk.
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