Find Scotland Tours that visit Falkirk Wheel.
|Address:||Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS|
|Operated by:||British Waterways|
|Opening Hours:||Daily: 10 am to 5.00 pm|
|Admission:||Visitor Centre free, boat trips cost £ 12.50 adult, £ 11 concession, £ 7.50 child (3 - 15 yrs), £ 1.50 child (under 3 yrs)|
|Parking:||Ample parking, 5 min walk from visitor centre|
|Toilets:||Yes, also disabled toilets|
The Falkirk Wheel boat lift is an exceptional feat of modern engineering that connects the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. This unique and elegant mechanical marvel lifts boats by a height of 35 metres to bridge the gap that was originally linked by a flight of 11 locks. At the end of the 20th century, it was decided to reconnect the 2 canals with the innovative wheel as an inspiring symbol for the new Millennium.
Visitors can get the full 'The Falkirk Wheel Experience' by taking one of the special "trip" boats at the site, however, the visitor centre gives a perfect viewpoint from which to watch the Wheel in action.
A boat trip lasts about 40 minutes, and we think it’s a bit expensive for the experience of sitting in a boat for that length of time, to go up 35 m, travel for 5 min, and go back and down again. If you go to the Falkirk Wheel, we would recommend that you just watch the wheel in motion from canal side, but don’t spend your money on the boat trip.
To be honest, it is not the most exciting thing you'll see in Scotland and we wouldn't suggest that you make a big detour to visit it.
The Visitor Centre has a nice gift shop with good quality souvenirs.