Falkirk

Travel Guide
Callendar House featuring a castle and heritage elements

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.

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$131 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of The Kelpies, Linlithgow Palace and The Helix. Callendar House and Muiravonside Country ...
3.8/5 Good! (537 reviews)
Good nights sleep
"Lovely comfortable bed and pillows, delicious and well cooked food. Very helpful and friendly staff. Key in door just a little difficult to open"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Airth, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is AU$141 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated in Falkirk, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Pineapple and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Fife Coastal Path. The Kelpies and Plean Country Park are also ...
3.5/5 Good! (363 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and helpful Missed the spa because hours limited"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Weedingshall Lodges
Weedingshall Lodges
Old Edinburgh Road, Polmont A803, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is AU$205 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Situated in a rural location, this lodge is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Callendar House and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from The Kelpies. The Helix is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Polmont ...
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Perfect stay
"Perfect stay, cleanliness and comfort 100%, really good facilities. Hosts welcoming and available 24/7 for any help."

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

Weedingshall Lodges
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Carmel Apartments
Carmel Apartments
4 out of 5
Main Office, 160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is AU$168 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
Situated in Falkirk, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Helix and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from The Kelpies. Callendar House and Falkirk Golf Club are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Good but not great.
"Very nice on the inside compared to out. The problem was the apartment was not clean. The freezer was filthy and the floors were not properly clean. Appliances etc are all high standard and the bed comfortable. If the room was clean I’d have changed from good to excellent."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Carmel Apartments
Garthill Lodge
Garthill Lodge
3.5 out of 5
9 Garthill Gardens, Falkirk, Scotland
Situated in Falkirk, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Falkirk Golf Club, Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. Callendar House and The Helix are ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"The property is beautifully furnished, very comfortable bed and pillows. Well equipped. Downside its next to a busy road, the front door difficult to lock and it requires a mirror near a plug."

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2021

Garthill Lodge
Craignish Apartments
Craignish Apartments
3.5 out of 5
104 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, SCT
Situated in Falkirk, this spa apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from The Helix and within 3 miles (5 km) of The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel. Callendar House ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The property was spotless and very modern. The kitchen was very well resourced and the owners have thought of everything to make the stay comfortable."

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019

Craignish Apartments
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