Forth & Clyde Canal Trail

Length: 4 miles

Route type: 1-way+public transport

Difficulty: Low

The Forth & Clyde Canal links Falkirk’s two most iconic tourist attractions with this easy, 6.4km route. Rent your E-bike at the Falkirk Wheel and ride down the short path to join the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath. After crossing the small bridge over the canal, turn right and start your journey towards the Helix Park and Kelpies.

Cycle past Lock 16, site of the former Irn Bru factory. Lock 16 is also where a flight of eleven locks used to start to link the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. These locks fell into disuse long ago and have now been replaced in function by the Falkirk Wheel. Continue on the towpath, to the lowland whisky Rosebank Distillery which is in the process of being refurbished and due to reopen in 2023. You’ll also find part of following the #Wheel2Kelpies Selfie Trail here too. Stop and get your photo taken at the whisky bottle sculptures near the distillery. After following the A9 for a short distance, rejoin the canal towpath as your journey takes you through Falkirk’s old industrial heartlands. Follow the towpath until you reach the Helix Park and the majestic Kelpies. 

The Kelpies are the largest equine sculpture in the world and have become a must-see tourist attraction for visitors to Scotland. Standing 30 metres tall, these two majestic steel sculptures are a tribute to the working horses that pulled barges along Scotland's canals. Cycle past the visitor centre and return your E-bike to the Forth Bike Helix Park E-bike station.


Map location: FK1 4RS

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