Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

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Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boatlift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This engineering phenomenon attracts over 400,000 tourists every year to its visitor's center. Take a boat ride on the lift and into the canal to experience the ingenious mechanism. A boat departs from the harbor every hour, so you'll have frequent opportunities throughout the day to tour the canal and admire the lift's operation. The channel connects Glasgow with Edinburgh, so consider using it as your means of transport when touring these two great cities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Falkirk Wheel by using our Falkirk road trip planning app .
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  • The only one of its kind in the world! And also it has an Engineering Heritage Award. If you want you can join the boat tours. If you just want to see the motion, don't forget to check the opening dat...  more »
  • It's really one of the unique-boat lift that works on the principle of the Archiman law. If you are already here, I will certainly recommend you on this "elevator" and, if you are waiting for a cruise, go around the area as it is in a very nice environment.
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  • Just a couple of miles from The Kelpies is another engineering wonder... The Falkirk Wheel. The first rotating canal boat lift of its kind in the world. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the ...  more »
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  • Very unique and nice attraction. Suitable for children as well as for adults. But you must be patient and be prepared for a long line waiting. Try to find a seating place at the front of the vessel on the right side near to a window, because after it goes up the view of the landscape is beautiful, and from these seats you will be able to see it perfectly.
  • It's amazing to watch the Falkirk Wheel in action. There are coffee and ice cream stalls outside and a large cafe in the visitor centre. There are lots of reasonably priced souvenirs for sale and the entire area, inside and out is kept clean and tidy. Boat cruises along the canal are available or you can walk along the banks. Free parking is only a short walk from the Wheel.
  • Very impressive piece of engineering using gravity and Archimedes water displacement theory. To see this in action really is wonderful. Food was nice but a little costly. The staff and banter made the day complete.
  • The place has been closed for a MOT) so could only walk around. Canal boaters would love the experience when the lock is opened. Area is not that lovely, there is a playground and you can also make a walk along the canal. But because it is a a residential area and some construction is going on - it all looks a but run down. Lock is a massive thing, definitely worth a visit!
  • Not as spectacular as, say, a modern steel bridge across an estuary, but this boat lift impresses by the way it can balance one boat dock exactly, and I mean exactly, to half a kilogram, against the weight of the other boat dock, then lift it 20 metres using little more energy than would drive a washing machine at an 800 spin. Never seen it going at 1000 fast spin !!
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