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.