Cycling

From the National Cycle Network routes, to single track woodland trails, to easier canal side paths, there are cycle routes to suit all abilities within the Falkirk area.

Whether you’re an experienced mountain biker, or a family looking for an easy day out cycling, there are a whole host of cycle routes to suit everyone in the Falkirk area.  You will be spolit for choice ! 

Callendar Estate Heritage and Mountain Bike Trails

Travel back to January 1746 and follow the Battle of Falkirk Trail through the heart of the battlefield. Or hire a bike and have a go on the family friendly mountain bike trails. You could even try a guided Segway tour on our Local History Trail. There is so much to do.

Visit the Callendar Estate website for more information.

Cycle Trails Callendar Estate, Falkirk 2012

Greenrig Cycles Hire and Café

Hire a quality electric assist  or conventional mountain bike and hit the single track trails or go for a family friendly pedal round the  Estate Heritage Trails. Don’t forget to call in to the Café at Canada Wood to finish a great day out.

Find out more here

The John Muir Way

The John Muir Way cycling route provides a pleasant cycle through the countryside, not – like many traditional cycle routes – an efficient way from A to B on a bike. Cycling the John Muir Way will usually take about 4 or 5 days, again depending on your temptation to visit the many magnifecent sites you will find en route. In the Falkirk area the John Muir way passes key attractions such as Blackness Castle, Boness & Kinneil Railway, The Antonine Wall, Callendar House and Park as well as the Falkirk Wheel.  This is a route, with varying surfaces and gradients on some stretches of roads. 

Visit the John Muir Way website for more information

The John Muir Way Baggage Service offers a secure, reliable and professional service to transport your luggage while you cycle the John Muir Way - meaning you only need to take a backpack with you on your cycle.

Show your success off by acquiring the John Muir Way official passport. Mark your progress and enjoy exclusive offers and discounts with businesses and you will find ‘stamping stations’ for your passport along the route. More information here

Cycling Kinneil House

Photo by: scotlandbigpicture.com

The Helix

The Helix Around Town Tour (HARTT) is a 16 mile circular cycle route connecting The Helix, The Falkirk Wheel and Callendar Park. The Helix Around Town Tour begins at The Helix and travels by cycleway and towpath through woodlands, glens and communities.

Visit The Helix website for more details or click on this link to take you to the HARTT cycle map 

23.09.19 - Cycling Kelpies

Canal Path Network

Both the Forth & Clyde and the Union canal offer safe, traffic free, pollution free routes for cyclists of all levels.  The Forth and Clyde Canal offers 35 miles of beautiful countryside cycling.  This is connected to the Union canal at the Falkirk Wheel, taking you straight into the city of Edinburgh. You will find the eerie Falkirk Tunnel on the Union Canal, 630 meters long, 18ft-wide, 19ft-high and has a 5ft-wide towpath. Did you know that the infamous Burke and Hare relocated from Ireland to Scotland to help build the tunnel and may have contributed to the atmosphere you will feel when you cycle through it.!

Visit the Scottish Canals website for more information

Cycling Falkirk Canal

Great North Trail

An 800-mile off-road trail from the Peak District in England to the far North of Scotland has  been  developed by Cycling UK. This fascinating cycling trail takes you through a huge range of picturesque areas. A section of this trail includes a number stunning attractions located in the Falkirk  area, such as The Falkirk WheelAntonine Wall and Blackness Castle.

Discover more here.

Forth Bikes

Hire an ebike to cycle between two of Falkirks iconic attractions - The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. And now you can leave your bike or hire one at the brand new e-bike station in Falkirk High Street. A great day out for all the family. A fleet of 120 electric bikes and several Ebike stations across the Forth Valley region. Find out more here

Ebike at Falkirk Wheel

 

National Cycle Routes

The Falkirk area is also connected to two National Cycle Routes, Bowling to the Falkirk Wheel and Route 754 a traffic free cycle path which connects Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Discover the Union and Forth & Clyde Canal towpaths in the Sustrans Cycle Routes in Scoland Map.

Visit Sustrans website for more information.

 

Falkirk Active Travel Hub 

The Falkirk Active Travel Hub aims to encourage and support people to make more of their everyday journeys by walking, cycling and through the use of sustainable modes of transportation such as electric bikes and other electric vehicles.

The Active Travel Hub team provide expert knowledge on local active travel routes and networks from their base at 203 High Street, Falkirk. The team work in partnership with local community groups, healthy living, active travel and environmental organisations and local businesses to engage with people and to make Falkirk and the surrounding area a healthier and happier place to live and visit.

Cycling Callendar House