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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. Arrange your visit to Falkirk Wheel and discover more family-friendly attractions in Falkirk using our Falkirk travel itinerary maker.
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  • This is really as my title days fascinating. Such an accomplishment . What a brilliant idea. Really worth seeing even if you don't go on it. We just watched and walked all around and up . Good day wit...  more »
  • On a recent Outlander tour, our guide Gordon dropped us off at the Falkirk wheel for a while. Fortunately there was a barge that needed to travel from the bottom to the top, so we got to see it in act...  more »
  • As a bit of a geek for such things I found the wheel to be amazing and also, frankly, a bit bonkers. It is a magnificent piece of engineering and, with regular canal traffic , you won't have to wait t...  more »
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  • It's quite nice, but I wouldn't do the tour again. Honestly, just pay for parking, walk around the wheel a couple times to see it work, but the tour is really boring... the guide did have some interesting information, it's not their fault, in the end it's just a spinning wheel for small boats, and the more interesting stuff to see it from the outside. You can easily walk all around the wheel, and up the hill to see the canal and wheel from the top. It's a public path with cyclists and everything. It's worth a visit for sure, and the wheel IS impressive and beautiful, again, just don't bother with the tour, sorry!
  • A must see thing if you're passing by on the motorway etc. The pictures don't do it justice, the engineering is very sturdy looking yet graceful at the same. A nice little visitor centre with toilets, cafe and shop, also a Scottish tourism shop with the usual tourist items, my only 2 grumbles are the holding lake was drained for renovation work, thus the wheel was out of action and the shops were both very pricey on items. Apart from those, the wheel is still well worth a visit.
  • Sure, the Falkirk Wheel is very interesting from an engineering perspective, but it's more impressive to watch than it is to ride. If you're passing through, I'd suggest stopping, watching the wheel lift and transport a boat or two, and then continue on to something else. If you choose to ride a boat on the wheel, be aware the entire trip takes about an hour, and you travel less than a kilometer (at least horizontally). To further complicate this, you really can't see anything or get decent pictures while on the boat, even if you're at a window seat and the weather is clear (which it was, for us).
  • Really enjoyed the wheel, and thoroughly enjoyed the walk from Falkirk High along the canal too! Stopped for tea and lunch, and found both to be tasty and filling. Lots of movement on the water, and seeing the wheel turn was a real highlight. Lovely.
  • A really super place to visit, especially with children. There is so much to do - the boat trip over the Wheel itself is fascinating, and there are lots of water-based attractions for children to take part in. Take swimming gear and towels for the children if the weather is fine - they will want to go in! The cafe is also excellent, very well organised and good food, and there is an excellent gift shop to have a wander round.