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. 


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. This fabulous journey was showcased on the very popular TV series Great Canal Journeys, with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.


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.


Put your golfing skills to the test at their brand new outdoor mini-golf course. Discover more here.


The Scottish Segway Centre is also now based at the Falkirk Wheel so why not try a Segway Tour of the Falkirk Wheel and its surrounding area? 


The Wheel also hosts a range of Family Friendly events throughout the year keep checking the Falkirk Wheel website for details. 


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. 


dog friendly

* This is a dog friendly attraction, click here for other dog friendly places in Falkirk


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


dog friendlyThis attraction is dog friendly*

 (* please note: dogs are not allowed inside the attraction, unless an assistance dog, but are permitted on the grounds)

  • 27 March to 3 June from 10am to 5.30pm 
  • 4 June to 12 September from 10am to 6pm
  • 13 September to 31 October from 10am to 5.30pm
  • November to March, 5 days a week (Wednesday to Sunday), 11am to 3.30pm. (Closed 25&26 December and 1&2 January) 

Much of the site is on one level and accessible for visitors with limited mobility. A number of disabled parking spaces are located directly outside the Visitor Centre and wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be taken onboard the boat trip. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow free of charge. If you are visiting in the run up to Christmas, look out for specific ASN-friendly boat trips to see Santa.

More information at The Falkirk Wheel website.

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