Family friendly cycle trails and activities in the Falkirk area

With more than 500 miles of towpaths, many of them flat and traffic-free, the Falkirk area is a great place for cycling with the whole family. 


Cycle along the coast next to the banks of the River Forth on one of our many canal towpaths. Plus we have a great range of  mountain-bike, heritage and forest trails, through some of Scotland’s finest scenery many of  which pass our unique attractions. There are lots of things for your kids to see and do along the way.


We have highlighted a few easy and family-friendly cycle trails, along with things you can  do to help inspire you when planning your next adventure.



Helix Around Town Tour (HArTT) cycle route


Reach 3 must-visit attractions in the Falkirk area by bike by cycling along the Helix Around Town Tour (HArTT). This fantastic 16 mile (25.5 km) circular cycle route starts at The Helix and then heads to The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and back to The Helix using cycle ways, towpaths and parkland.


Begin your trip visiting the Kelpies in the Helix Park. Set in 350 hectares explore the park which includes a lagoon, wetlands, splash play, trails, kids adventure zone and accessible play area. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack at the Visitor centre café, before cycling to The Falkirk Wheel.  


The world’s only rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel is an engineering masterpiece. Once there, take a stroll around the large outdoor area which includes some of the best remains of the Antonine wall, pick up a coffee and snack from the outdoor food kiosks, the kids can enjoy the parks, and if you have time enjoy a boat trip which takes you 115 ft high.


Continue your trip and follow the trail to Callendar House & Park, visit the stunning French chateau styled house, with permanent displays around the ‘Story of Callendar House and The Antonine Wall, a working Georgian kitchen and a traditional tearoom. Cycle around its large parklands with a range of outdoor activities to enjoy including a Roman themed play park and a natural play trail.


Before heading back to the Helix, discover Falkirk’s pedestrianised historic town centre, a short cycle ride from Callendar Park, with a great  mix of speciality shopping, plus a wide range of  fantastic bars, cafes and restaurants. 


Download cycle trail map here


Cycling Kelpies visit Falkirk 


Callendar Estate cycle trails


Discover Callendar Estate’s mountain bike trails, within beautiful woodlands on the edge of Falkirk. It offers some family friendly routes, such as Canada and Craigieburn Trails.


Not to worry if you don’t have a bike, as Greenrig Cycles at Callendar Estate Activity Centre offers quality mountain bikes for hire. And you can explore the bike routes on your own or with one of their qualified cycle trail guides, groups are always welcome. Check their website for opening hours and to make an advance booking.


After a fun day cycling, have a much-deserved break and refuel by having a mouth-watering lunch at The Café @ Canada Wood and/or a delicious ice cream made on site at The Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour, both located in Callendar Estates.


View Callendar Estate cycle trails map here


Family Cyclists, Falkirk


Bo’ness to Blackness Castle cycling trail


This 13 miles (20.8 km) route, part of the John Muir Way, will take you along the coast from the historic Kinneil Estate to the impressive Blackness Castle, via Kinneil Nature Reserve.


Start your adventure at Kinneil Estate and take a wander around the grounds which includes the historic house, remains of James Watt Cottage, a roman fortlet and the Antonine Wall. The museum on site displays 2,000 years of history from Roman times to the present day.


Continue your ride through Kinneil Nature Reserve and appreciate the landscape of the inner Forth. You might also want to give the Kinneil Trails pump track and skills area a try.


Follow the trail along the flat coastal path all the way to Blackness Castle. Shaped like a ship, it is known as ‘the ship that never sailed’. Once there, why not  visit the castle (pre-booking required), and enjoy a delicious meal or beverage at the quirky restaurant, Lobster Pot.


Make your way back along the coast. Once in Bo’ness, wander around the historic town centre, have lunch and then visit one of the many attractions in the area, including Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Motor Museum and The Hippodrome.


Don’t worry if one of your group don’t have a bike as you can now hire an ebike in Bo’ness (Union St).


Discover more day trips along the John Muir Way


Kinneil House 


Pump bicycle track at Zetland Park


Enjoy the brand new cycle pump track in Zetland Park, Grangemouth. An exhilarating and fun activity for people of all ages. Discover the rest of the Zetland Park, with lovely gardens, a fun filled inclusive play park for kids, picnic areas and many other facilities.


Take time to relax and have lunch in one of the coffee shops or restaurants around the historic town centre of Grangemouth.


Other must-visit activities in the area are: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Polmonthill Snowsport Centre (on the outskirts) and the Spitfire Memorial.


Zetland Park 2


E-bike trails around the Falkirk area


A great and comfortable way to explore the Falkirk area is on e-bike! There are 10 e-bikes stations around the area. You could hire an e-bike at Falkirk’s top attractions the Kelpies/Helix Park, Falkirk Wheel and Callendar Park, Bo’ness town centre (Union St), Zetland Park and more.

Find out more and see stations map here (Please notice users need to be 16+)



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