Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail – From the Kelpies to Grangemouth and Zetland Park


Your journey through history and nature starts at the Kelpies Basin down the canal to Lock 1, but you cannot leave without admiring the world's largest equine sculptures! Have nice cup of tea or coffee and cake at horsebox café to fuel up before starting your great adventure.


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The Kelpies


Follow your way to Lock 1 basin and enjoy an informative and educational 1.2km walk along Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail. The trail celebrates the Charlotte Dundas, the world's first practical steam boat and the achievements of her creator, the inventor and engineer William Symington.


Learn about our canals and how design innovation, industry and commerce in 1800’s Falkirk and Grangemouth, helped to shape the modern world we know today. Discover the area’s rare flora and fauna and the types of plant and animal life you might spot along the trail.


Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail Int Panel

Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail


The route will take you to Grangemouth Town Centre. Take your time to relax and have lunch in one the many coffee shops, bistros, bars and restaurants. Situated in the centre, pay a visit to Zetland Park, which has lovely rose gardens, a fun filled play park for kids and ample space for lovely picnics. Other must-visit activities in the area are: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Polmonthill Snowsport Centre (on the outskirts) and the Spitfire Memorial.


Zetland Park Autumn

Zetland Park


Please remember to stay safe, stay local and continue to maintain social distancing at all times. And please take pride of your place and remember to take your litter home with you.


Check our special page to find out about what's open in the Falkirk district area, keep up to date with the response to Coronavirus and follow the guidelines from these various organisations:

Outdoor access guidelines during Covid-19 lockdown

Scottish Canals

Falkirk Community Trust

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