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Falkirk Wheel

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This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
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Lime Road | Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS, Scotland
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All reviews boat trip amazing piece of engineering feat of engineering rotating boat lift modern engineering unique experience union canal well worth a visit gift shop short trip play area antonine wall on site plenty of parking car park sunny day action
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The only canal boat lift in the world! The tour guide was excellent - very informative and very funny and considering how slow canal boats move the hour went very quickly - in a good way

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went for the Christmas santa boat trip, it was really good. We had two nine year old and a five year old. They all enjoyed it, staff were lovely and they got a good book for the gift.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kazzachick
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed visiting Santa at The Falkirk Wheel, we hope to see you back again next year! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 4 days ago

An amazing piece of engineering, the tri[p up the wheel on the canal boat is worth doing as it gives a great perspective and fantastic views across as far as the Kelpies in the distance.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank A52D
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

The scenery at the top of The Wheel is definitely a sight to see, and even better when you can spot a Kelpie in the distance! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

When you arrive in December with the Union Canal frozen over, I wasn't surprised to see the Falkirk Wheel closed for the season. However, it's a marvel of engineering, and I must return to see it in action.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Sorry to hear we were closed when you visited, we are open during the winter, but our winter hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm. We will revert back to our summer hours around the end of March 2019, we will keep you posted...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with family and it is worth going to see, the is a lovely cafe to have something to eat, have a walk, it does get busy and be prepared to pay for parking.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rhonafitzpatrick
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for a great review, and we are glad to hear you enjoyed your day with us. It definitely does get busy, and we are all getting ready for another busy summer! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

What a magnificent achievement in engineering where a canal boat is raised up to meet another canal. Great experience in a canal boat and well worth doing

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert M
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

Would have been better if someone had used it or the boat tour was operating, a static wheel for us. but a quick January visit was still a great experience. and fortunate to get suitable weather.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Fatfool
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Sorry you were not able to see The Wheel in motion, we are currently undergoing phase two of our MOT and our engineers are working hard to complete vital work to keep The Wheel turning through 2019. Hopefully you will be able to come back...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth going on for the ride. You get to see how the boats can be transported from each lock

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlexV4508, VIsitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your experience here at The Falkirk Wheel! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fine piece of engineering in a scenic setting. Visitor centre well stocked with souvenirs. Nice walks in area well maintained paths.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mountain445
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We would definitely agree, hopefully you can come back and see just how amazing it looks in the summer time too. Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

called there on the way to see the helix ,well worth it the ride on the wheel was brill ,a must if you in falkirk

Date of experience: September 2018
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AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for great review, glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team

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JACKD4444
January 13, 2019|
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Response from AlexV4508 | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed on The Falkirk Wheel site but are not allowed in the visitor centre or on the boat trip. Best Wishes, The Falkirk Wheel Team
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Fellwalker2000
December 30, 2018|
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The visitor centre and the café are not open on Monday's or Tuesday's throughout the Winter opening hours. We will return to opening 7 days a week at the end of March. keep your eye on our website for further updates.
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Response from Sarah H | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about this but feel sure that as a group you would be able to book in advance. Our group had an advance booking for lunch at the Park Hotel, Fa;kirk which is only a short distance from the wheel and the meal... More
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264Lee
Seattle, Washington, United States
driving from Edinburgh to Oban (15 Replies)
Hi, we are driving from Edinburgh to Stirling to Oban. We would like to stop at Falkirk Wheel, Wallace Monument, and perhaps even grab lunch in Stirling. I know I should drive through Loch Lomond, but what is the best, most scenic route from Stirling to Oban that will still get us to Oban in the evening? Thanks for your help!
July 27, 2016|
Response fromkenko92|
Via Loch Lomond it could be Stirling-Balloch-Luss-Inveraray-Oban. This takes you over The Rest and Be Thankful pass and Inveraray is an attractive stop for coffee or a meal.
flgirl453
Florida
Edinburgh to Falkirk wheel to Queensbury Cruise port (6 Replies)
We'll be docking in Queenbury in May and thinking of spending the morning in Edinburgh and then taking train to see Falkirk Wheel. Is there cab service at the Wheel that will take us back to port and approximate cost. We would probably arrive at the wheel around 2 pm and will need to be back at port by 5:30 pm. Is this doable? Thank you in advance for help, suggestions, advice.
February 04, 2015|
Response fromMike BR|
While coming back from the Falkirk Wheel you might want to get the Taxi to come along the M9 motorway and let you see 'The Kelpies' the largest equestrian statue in the world. ( they have a 1/10th copy in NY)
TimeshareQueen
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Four days in Glencoe area - what to do on Day 4? (14 Replies)
Four active retirees from USA visiting Scotland for the first time for about 2 wks from Sept 26 to Oct 8. We enjoy seeing beautiful scenery and like easy to moderate hikes up to about 5 hrs. We have 2 full touring days in Edinburgh, 4 full days in the Glencoe area, and 3 full days in Aberfoyle. Our AirBnB in Glencoe area is in the town of Kentallen. I have been reading the forum all day and our plans are as follows: 1. From Edinburgh to Glencoe drive - stop to see Blackness Castle,...More
August 10, 2018|
Response fromSandra and Alan S|
Could you expand on Day 3 - Drive to Isles? Nearest Isles would be Mull or Lismore, from Oban (but you are suggesting Oban for Day 4) or from Mallaig to the Small Isles (or Skye). Kentallen is a hamlet (smaller than a village and a lot smaller than a town), but it does have the Holly Tree Hotel which does excellent seafood. It is 40 minutes from Oban and just over 30 minutes north to Fort William. I would be tempted to suggest going to Fort William where you could do the An Steall...More