Roam Free in Falkirk

The Falkirk area has a huge amount to offer the walker and cyclist. Choose from the John Muir Way, The River Avon Heritage Trail, Callendar Estate cycle trails, not to mention the canals network linking Falkirk’s two most famous landmarks, the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies in the Helix Park.

  • Pick your mode of transport (or try a bit of both) and roam free, exploring some of Falkirk’s premier attractions free of charge along the way…
  • Hire a bike at the Falkirk Wheel (see www.outdoortrax.co.uk) and pedal along the towpath of the Forth and Clyde canal to reach the imposing sight of the Kelpies, 30m horses’ heads in the Helix Park.
  • See “Cycling in the HArTT of Scotland” itinerary for another cycling option.
  • Cycle hire is also available at Callendar Estate (www.callendarestate.co.uk) which offers a range of walking and cycling routes graded from easy to experienced. From here you can explore 2000 years of history at Callendar House and Park.  With free entry the house features a Georgian kitchen, contemporary art gallery and the park combines ancient and modern with sections of the Antonine Wall, putting green and play areas for the younger ones.     
  • Alternatively, head to the Milk Barn Ice cream parlour and café with kids play area, cycle racks and a fibreglass cow to practice your milking technique on!
  • The River Avon Heritage Trail links Avonbridge to Linlithgow (http://johnmuirway.org/additional-routes/river-avon-heritage-trail).  This 10 mile walk takes you through spectacular scenery, under the Avon aqueduct which carries the Union Canal, and passes through Muiravonside Country Park.  Allow plenty time to explore this free of charge park which features a visitor centre, children’s farm attraction and nature trails/picnic sites. (See www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/muiravonside for further information)
  • In Linlithgow, the Avon Gorge Trail meets the John Muir Way, where walkers can pick up the route to Blackness and on to Bo’ness.  See “Bo’ness  Heritage Trail” itinerary for further information.