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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 union canal unique experience 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 weeks ago

The only one of its kind in the world! And also it has an Engineering Heritage Award. If you want you can join the boat tours. If you just want to see the motion, don't forget to check the opening dates and working times before...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a couple of miles from The Kelpies is another engineering wonder... The Falkirk Wheel. The first rotating canal boat lift of its kind in the world. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal by lifting the boat in its rotating...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CelestePienaar
Reviewed January 15, 2019 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 January 13, 2019 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 January 15, 2019

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 January 13, 2019

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 January 13, 2019

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 January 8, 2019

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
Thank planestrainsevery
AlexV4508, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Falkirk Wheel, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2019

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 January 8, 2019 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 January 13, 2019

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 January 7, 2019

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 January 13, 2019

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

Reviewed January 7, 2019

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 January 13, 2019

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 January 6, 2019 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 January 13, 2019

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

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southwell43
February 16, 2019|
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Hello, The Falkirk Wheel is absolutely suitable for people with mobility issues, the site is very flat and there are no steps to get on or off the boat. If you do need any assistance whilst you are visiting us, a member of... More
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January 13, 2019|
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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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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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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