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Visit the Falkirk Wheel and take boat trip around the wheel, try the Archimedes Screw, hire a cycle - there are plenty of attractions at the Falkirk Wheel


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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 Falkirk Wheel in Scotland 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...

Archimedes Screw, one the activities at The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland 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 trip on the Falkirk Wheel 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.

Walk to the top of the Falkirk Wheel for lovely views You can really get some lovely views from the foot path at the top of the Falkirk Wheel

More information on the Falkirk Wheel

You can visit the Falkirk Wheel website for more information about opening times, prices, and all the activities which are going on. Or if you fancy staying nearby, you can find some holiday parks and cottages near the Falkirk Wheel.

Our short video taken at the Falkirk Wheel

This is a short video of the Falkirk Wheel taken during our visit. You can see a canal boat going round the wheel, the Archimedes Screw in action, and those views from the top of the wheel.




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