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
OYO Metro Inns Falkirk
OYO Metro Inns Falkirk
2.5 out of 5
The price is SG$42 per night

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 (93 reviews)

"does the job somewhere clean to lay your head shared kitchen needs more plates ect... shower rooms and toilets all have locks everything fine"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan,2020

OYO Metro Inns Falkirk
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Falkirk, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Pineapple and within 6 miles (10 km) of The Helix and The Kelpies. Falkirk Wheel and Callendar ...

3.5/5Good! (363 reviews)
Weekend Break

"Great trip, lovely location, great for walks, staff great, food great - loved it"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov,2019

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$98 per night

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Helix, Callendar House and The Kelpies. West Lothian Golf Club and Muiravonside ...

3.8/5Good! (466 reviews)
Exceptional hotel

"Lovely hotel exceptionally clean. Breakfast -great choice,fresh,lots of it local produce. Lovely pool and Sauna. Would stay in aMacDonald hotel again. Thankyou"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel
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Falkirk Wheel

4.5/5(105 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(1,009 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.

The SSE Hydro
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The SSE Hydro

4.5/5(263 reviews)

Glasgow's multipurpose events venue attracts the biggest names in entertainment. Come to see a performance or simply to admire the building's design.

Royal Mile
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Royal Mile

4.5/5(575 reviews)

With its historic buildings, museums, shops and restaurants, this stretch of Edinburgh's Old Town is a much-loved haunt.

University of Edinburgh
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University of Edinburgh

4.5/5(233 reviews)

The campus of Edinburgh's venerable educational institution is spread seamlessly around the architecture of the city and opens to the public during year-round events.

Top things to do in Falkirk

Vacation Photographer in Falkirk
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Vacation Photographer in Falkirk

SG$347
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour

SG$56
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

SG$28
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

SG$76
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

SG$88
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel Tour priced per group
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Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel Tour priced per group

SG$117
Per adult

Reviews of Falkirk

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4/5 - Good

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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.

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