The Falkirk Wheel

Scotland's most exciting example of 21st century engineering, The Falkirk Wheel is the World's only rotating boat lift - lifting boats 115 ft which links the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. 

PLEASE NOTE - The Wheel will not be operational between the 10th of November and 9th of December 2016 for essential maintenance works.

The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise.

Designed to replace a series of lock gates built in the 19th century - long since demolished and replaced by housing - The Falkirk Wheel is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project where coast-to-coast navigation of the canals has been re-established for the first time in over 40 years.

The Wheel is great for a family day out with a Childrens Activity Zone, Mini Canal & Water Play Park, Water Activity Zone, Cycle Hire, Water Zorbing, Canoeing, Boat trips and Woodland Walks which take in parts of the Antonine Wall a World Heritage Site and Roughcastle Roman Fort.  See the Outdoor Trax website here for more details on Waterwalking and cycle hire.

The Wheel also hosts a range of Family Friendly events throughout the year including falconry displays, photography workshops, walking tours and the extremely popular arts & crafts workshops.  

Special group rates are available and the visitor centre is open at no cost to sit and view The Falkirk Wheel or have a delicious coffee and a wide variety of quality foods.

Boat trips on the canals can be also arranged at competitive rates.

For visitors taking the boat trip, the entire Wheel Experience will last for approximately 60 minutes on a round trip and ascent and descent through the wheel.

The Falkirk Wheel is only a short ten minute drive or bus trip from the historic Falkirk Town Centre where you will find a great range of independent retailers, shopping centres and a fine selection of cafes and restaurants. 

  • Disabled Access
  • Visitor Centre
  • Café
  • Public Toilets
  • Children’s Play Areas

Summer Opening Hours

March to October, 7 days a week from 10am to 5.30pm (including bank holidays)

Winter Opening Hours

November to March, 5 days a week (Wednesday to Sunday), 11am to 4pm. (Closed 25&26 December and 1&2 January) 

Boat Trips

Boat trips are available at various times throughout the day. Check availability and prices here.

Please note that Boat Trips do not run during November as we undertake our annual maintenance at this time. Exact details will be posted on our website nearer the time.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre, Cafe and Gift Shop are open every day from 10am to 5.30pm. Access to the footpaths around the site is possible after closing (times are variable).