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Falkirk Wheel

Admire the futuristic style of the world’s first rotating boat lift and watch it in action as it plucks vessels from a quaint canal.

The Falkirk Wheel is an impressive structure of space-age design that connects canals. The rotating boat lift is a marvel of modern engineering, raising vessels by 79 feet (24 meters) from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. Take a short boat trip and get lifted into the air with panoramic views of the picturesque Falkirk countryside.

From the peak of the wheel, snap photos of the canals and fields of the Central Lowlands of Scotland. Enter the visitor center on the eastern side of the lift to learn about the lift mechanism and take part in family activities.

Walk on water inside an inflatable ball and rent a Segway for a tour around the site. Bring the kids to the playground and small water park. Bikes, electric boats and canoes are available to rent at the visitor center. Hike through the scenic meadows and forests via one of the circular and linear paths.

Gaze up at the imposing structure, which consists of concrete rings and bending arms. Learn about the intricate system that is one of the few working boat lifts in the United Kingdom. Once raised to the aqueduct at the top of the wheel, boats must pass through another series of lifts to reach the Union Canal.

The wheel opened in 2002, connecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s. Learn about the initial mechanism, which comprised 11 locks and took almost an entire day to complete passage. It now takes about 1 hour. Pay a fee for a boat trip, with discounts for kids.

The visitor center opens daily from morning until late afternoon. Plan your trip before or after the annual maintenance closure from mid-January until early February.

Find the Falkirk Wheel in the Forth and Clyde Canal west of the city. Take a bus from the center of Falkirk to the boat lift in less than 30 minutes. Camelon Railway Station is a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) walk northeast from the site. Use the parking lot with a small fee, a 5-minute walk from the lift.


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Park Hotel £85
Park Hotel

Park Hotel

Camelon Road, Falkirk, Scotland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Falkirk, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Falkirk Golf Club and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Callendar House and The Helix are also within 3 miles (5 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 13 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 17 minutes.

    Garthill Lodge
    Garthill Lodge

    Garthill Lodge

    9 Garthill Gardens, Falkirk, Scotland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Falkirk, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Falkirk Golf Club and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Callendar House and The Helix are also within 3 miles (5 km). Falkirk High Station is 13 minutes by foot and Falkirk Grahamston Station is 15 minutes.

      Orchard Hotel £58
      Orchard Hotel

      Orchard Hotel

      2 Kerse Lane, Falkirk, Scotland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Falkirk, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Callendar House and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Falkirk Wheel. The Helix and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 6 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 16 minutes.

        Kelpies Serviced Apartments £75
        Kelpies Serviced Apartments

        Kelpies Serviced Apartments

        30 Newmarket St, Falkirk, Scotland
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Falkirk, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Callendar House and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Falkirk Golf Club and The Helix are also within 2 miles (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 5 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 17 minutes.

          Hotel Cladhan £70
          Hotel Cladhan

          Hotel Cladhan

          Kemper Avenue, Falkirk, Scotland
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Falkirk, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Callendar House and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Falkirk Wheel. The Helix and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 13 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 15 minutes.

            The Graeme Hotel
            The Graeme Hotel

            The Graeme Hotel

            40 Grahams Road, Falkirk, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Falkirk, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Callendar House and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Falkirk Wheel. The Helix and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is only a 2-minute walk and Falkirk High Station is 20 minutes.

              Rosies Bed and Breakfast
              Rosies Bed and Breakfast

              Rosies Bed and Breakfast

              115 Oswald Street, Falkirk, Scotland
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Falkirk, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Callendar House and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Falkirk Golf Club and The Helix are also within 3 miles (5 km). Falkirk High Station is 13 minutes by foot and Falkirk Grahamston Station is 14 minutes.

                Carmel Apartments £85
                Carmel Apartments

                Carmel Apartments

                160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Falkirk, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Helix and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Callendar House and The Kelpies are also within 2 miles (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 11 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 28 minutes.