Edinburgh has lots of great attractions to visit but there is also a lot that is worth visiting outside Edinburgh!
Falkirk is a town situated in the region of Stirlingshire, part of the central Lowlands of Scotland. Ideally placed between the two main cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
With Roman connections such as the Antonine Wall running through Callendar Park and the home of the historical Battle of Falkirk which took place in 1298 where William Wallace was defeated by King Edward the 1st of England. And a hive of activity during the Industrial period, the Carron Iron works – where James Watt brought his steam engines to life. Not forgetting the Union Canal, did you know that before powered boats, the boats were pulled by horses that rode alongside on the narrow embankment. Falkirk is steeped in history!
Top 3 Falkirk Tourist Attractions
1. The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotary canal connecter in the world! It was completed in 2002 to replace the 12 locks connecting the Union and Clyde Canal’s. Now it only takes 5 minutes to complete the semi circle in the boat lift. However, the whole experience can last 60 minutes. At 35 metre’s high the views on a clear day are breath-taking, looking out over the town, villages and countryside.
It can get fairly busy at weekends and during school holidays. I would highly recommend booking in advance.
If you have time why not schedule a long boat cruise along the Union Canal. Some of the trips include afternoon tea with a freshly baked scone.
2. The Kelpies
The Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world at 30 metres high! It was completed in 2013 to mark the horse powered heritage across Scotland. The name Kelpies comes from the mythical water horses. Did you know that the parts of stainless steal cladding over the two horse head sculptures are all unique in size?
The Kelpies are located in the Helix Park at the extension of the Forth and Clyde Canal and close to the River Carron. It is a haven for wildlife including dragonflies. Spot them by the marginal planting, and the residential graceful swans. Its a great place for a stroll, roller blading and cycling.
3. Callendar House
Callendar House is a mansion dating back to the 14th century with the architecture stylised on a French Renaissance château, set within the grounds of Callendar Park. The house has hosted Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. The landscaped gardens are listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens, also within the grounds lies Antonine’s Wall which in parts can still be seen! Inside you can discover more on Falkirk and the surrounding area’s history. Explore the restored 1825 kitchen that is brought to life with guides dressed in traditional costume and relax, enjoy the delicious food prepared in the café. The house is also home to the Falkirk Archives. It’s a great day out for all the family, with activities such as crazy golf, the swing park and boating in the pond located at the back of the house.
Other than these top 3 Falkirk tourist attractions, there is so much to explore in Scotland. Why not hire a car and discover all its gems? Some great accommodation can be found in Falkirk and the surrounding areas.
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