Falkirk

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Visit Falkirk

Bring the family to the world’s first rotating boat lift, walk on water and learn the rich history of a 14th-century château.

Falkirk is a small town with an ideal location beside Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Stroll beside the canals of this old-world village and spot châteaus dotted around the picturesque countryside.

Among the town’s highlights is the Falkirk Wheel. Bring the kids to this fascinating site to watch the futuristic boat lift in action.

The children’s zone includes exciting activities such as walking on water inside an inflatable ball. Tour the area in style on a Segway. Rent canoes and electric boats from the visitor center, which has information about the rotating lift. Take the kids to the playground.

Head west along a nature trail to reach nearby Rough Castle. Explore the ruins of this Roman fort dating back to A.D. 143. It is the best preserved of the 19 forts along the Antonine Wall.

Just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north are Bonnybridge Golf Course and Falkirk Golf Club, which have spectacular views of green hills and woods.

Make your way east to the vast Callendar Park to appreciate the wildlife and diverse vegetation. Marvel at the architecture of Callendar House, blending French Renaissance and Georgian styles.

Learn the history of this intriguing town. With its strategic transportation position on the canals, Falkirk became an important industrial town during the 18th and 19th centuries. It specialized in the iron and steel trade.

Winters are fairly mild considering the northern latitude. Enjoy the pleasant summer temperatures with a picnic in this quaint village.

The town is between Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland’s Central Lowlands. Ride a 30-minute train east from the former and west from the nation’s capital to reach it. Other nearby attractions include the towns of Stirling and Dunblane and the villages alongside the picturesque Firth of Forth.

Falkirk retains the treasures of several eras, from ancient Roman ruins and medieval castles to a modern rotating boat lift.

Top hotels in Falkirk

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Airth, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Scotland
SG$118
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec

Situated in Falkirk, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Pineapple and within 9 miles (15 km) of Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. The Helix and Culross Palace ...

3.5/5Good! (345 reviews)

"The castle is nice look, the hotel building is good too"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep,2019

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
SG$86
per night
19 Dec-20 Dec

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Helix, Callendar House and The Kelpies. Muiravonside Country Park and Linlithgow ...

3.8/5Good! (411 reviews)

"Was only there for one evening, but all facilities looked very good. Only downside was that the dining staff seemed inexperienced and quite glum"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Metro Inns Falkirk
Metro Inns Falkirk
2.5 out of 5
Bean Cross Farm Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
SG$40
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec

Situated in Falkirk, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Callendar House, The Helix and The Kelpies. Falkirk Wheel and Linlithgow Palace are also within 6 mi ...

3.1/5 (85 reviews)

"Basic and comfortable for one night. We arrived late from Edinburgh airport and we were up early the next day - just what we needed to flop and straight to sleep."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep,2019

Metro Inns Falkirk

Popular things to do in Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel
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Falkirk Wheel

4.5/5(99 reviews)

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.

Callendar House
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Callendar House

Bring the kids to one of the largest slides in Scotland and explore the Georgian furnishings and kitchen traditions of this historic château.

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(908 reviews)

A focal point of Scottish history that dominates Edinburgh’s skyline and which has served as a fortress, a palace and home to the crown jewels.

Top activities in Falkirk

Vacation Photographer in Falkirk
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Vacation Photographer in Falkirk

SG$43

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

SG$28

Explore the very best of Glasgow on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 1 or 2 day pass, you can discover this vibrant city at your own pace.

Celtic Park Stadium Tour
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Celtic Park Stadium Tour

SG$24

Celtic Park is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe, making it the perfect place to learn all about the colourful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club from its inception in 1888.

Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

SG$88

Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

SG$28

Discover the very best of Edinburgh on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel Tour £62.50 per group
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Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel Tour £62.50 per group

SG$22

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR Scotland Callendar House is the historic jewel in the Falkirk Community Trust crown, you can even have a delicious Afternoon Tea here! Dating back to the 14th century, this French-chateau styled stately home has a surprise around every corner.

Reviews of Falkirk

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Sep 2019

The Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies are fabulous.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Sep 2019

Seemed a pleasant town.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Sep 2019

Falkirk has the jellies and the wheel so interesting Access to Edinburgh

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Aug 2019

Only passed through on our LEJOG cycle so not much to comment on.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

Met many helpful and pleasant people Town unfortunately quite run down spent time in Stirling

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jul 2019

We have been before and loved the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel. Didnt go on this visit. We went ti Callendar House and Blackness Castle.