This is a unique trip, which may be available if you have a few hours to spare when travelling to or from Edinburgh Airport.
The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift. It links the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. These are the 2 canals that link Scotland’s 2 big cities – Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Falkirk Wheel is 35 metres tall, the equivalent of 8 double decker buses stacked on top of each other. It contains over 15,000 bolts which are matched with 45,000 bolts holes. Each of these bolts was hand tightened.
The Wheel opened in 2002. Since then it has had 5.5 million visitors. You could add to that number!
The trip is a chance to ride the Falkirk Wheel on board a canal boat, from one canal to the other. There is then a short canal boat ride through a long tunnel, before the boat turns and heads back for the downward ride on the Wheel. There are good views from the top.
This is one of the trips that I have enjoyed the most – it is quite expensive, but really good fun.
A quicker stopping-off place on the way to or from Edinburgh Airport is the famous Falkirk Kelpies. These impressive metal beasts rise up from the Forth and Clyde Canal. They are 30 metres high and are lit up in changing colours at night, so they’re very difficult to miss as you drive past on the motorway that links Edinburgh and Stirling. They were built in 2013 as a monument to Central Scotland’s horse powered heritage.