Falkirk Tourist Information

Falkirk wheel

Falkirk wheel

Canal centre Falkirk sits in the heart of Scotland, midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow and just off the M9. A great base for business, leisure and touring, Falkirk has excellent rail links and offers a package of breathtaking heritage attractions and things to do.

Be amazed by one of Britain’s magnificent canal features – the mighty Falkirk Wheel – a top attraction in Scotland located where the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal meet. Don’t miss a 50 minute boat trip journey available from the Falkirk Wheel visitor centre which includes the rotating wheel experience, lifting you up to join the Union Canal. The visitor centre with interactive displays is free, with other on-site facilities and attractions including a water activity zone, family cafe, cycle hire and canal towpath/ woodland walks. The Falkirk Wheel visitor centre hosts numerous canal themed events through the year!

A choice of outdoor activities sit in and around Falkirk, from premier golf courses and ski centres to beautiful country parks like the 170 acre Muiravonside Country Park with animal farm park, gardens, visitor centre and nature trails. The Falkirk area is rich in heritage, home to a stretch of World Heritage Site – the Antonine Wall, once the far northern frontier of the Roman Empire running for 37 miles from Bo-ness to the Firth of Clyde.

Rotating Falkirk Wheel

Rotating Falkirk Wheel

Head to Callendar Park in Falkirk to see a section of the Antonine Wall and the spectacular baronial mansion Callendar House dating from the 14th Century, with a fascinating Georgian kitchen, on-site tearoom and the Park Gallery hosting regular contemporary art exhibitions. All your needs are catered for in Falkirk town centre, an attractive conservation area with a good selection of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and inns.

Explore the Falkirk heritage trail, taking in the beautiful town hall, today Falkirk’s main arts centre offering an eclectic programme of music, drama and family friendly events. Take a tour of the Barbara Davidson Pottery attraction with on-site pottery shop, or head off to explore the ship-shaped Blackness Castle.

More attraction gems line the Firth of Forth waterfront north of Falkirk including the Bo’ness and Kinneil steam railway and Bo’ness Motor Museum. With its two railway stations and excellent road links, Falkirk affords easy access to the Highlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow! Book Falkirk accommodation now with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.