Get away to Falkirk! Enjoy the spas, castle, and riverfront.

Falkirk is a small town with an ideal location beside Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Stroll beside the canals of this old-world village and spot châteaus dotted around the picturesque countryside.

Among the town’s highlights is the Falkirk Wheel. Bring the kids to this fascinating site to watch the futuristic boat lift in action.

The children’s zone includes exciting activities such as walking on water inside an inflatable ball. Tour the area in style on a Segway. Rent canoes and electric boats from the visitor center, which has information about the rotating lift. Take the kids to the playground.

Head west along a nature trail to reach nearby Rough Castle. Explore the ruins of this Roman fort dating back to A.D. 143. It is the best preserved of the 19 forts along the Antonine Wall.

Just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north are Bonnybridge Golf Course and Falkirk Golf Club, which have spectacular views of green hills and woods.

Make your way east to the vast Callendar Park to appreciate the wildlife and diverse vegetation. Marvel at the architecture of Callendar House, blending French Renaissance and Georgian styles.

Learn the history of this intriguing town. With its strategic transportation position on the canals, Falkirk became an important industrial town during the 18th and 19th centuries. It specialized in the iron and steel trade.

Winters are fairly mild considering the northern latitude. Enjoy the pleasant summer temperatures with a picnic in this quaint village.

The town is between Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland’s Central Lowlands. Ride a 30-minute train east from the former and west from the nation’s capital to reach it. Other nearby attractions include the towns of Stirling and Dunblane and the villages alongside the picturesque Firth of Forth.

Falkirk retains the treasures of several eras, from ancient Roman ruins and medieval castles to a modern rotating boat lift.

Known for

Spas, Castles and Dining

Top Hotels in Falkirk

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Metro Inns Falkirk
2.5 out of 5
Bean Cross Farm Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
$27/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
3.1/5 (63 reviews)

"Affordable slept well Good location. Needs bedroom carpets cleaning TVs and romotes need replacing and the blinds been here a few times over the years..pleasant enough."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Metro Inns Falkirk
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Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Airth, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Scotland
$108/night
Aug 28 - Aug 29
3.4/5Good! (305 reviews)

"Great choice of food on the dinner menu. Great gluten free options."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
$81/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
3.8/5Good! (384 reviews)

"Lovely facilities. Just a shame about the 2am fire evacuation when the alarms went off. Nice to know the system is working though."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2019

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel
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Falkirk Wheel

4.5/5 (52 Ratings)

Admire the futuristic style of the world’s first rotating boat lift and watch it in action as it plucks vessels from a quaint canal.

Callendar House
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Callendar House

Bring the kids to one of the largest slides in Scotland and explore the Georgian furnishings and kitchen traditions of this historic château.

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5 (1,133 Ratings)

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.

Royal Yacht Britannia
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Royal Yacht Britannia

4.5/5 (227 Ratings)

Glimpse the life of royalty in the elegant rooms of what was once the Queen of England's personal cruise liner and Britain's ambassadorial ship overseas.

Princes Street Gardens
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Princes Street Gardens

4.5/5 (385 Ratings)

Spend time in this attractive green space that separates Edinburgh’s Old Town from its 18th-century New Town.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre
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Edinburgh International Conference Centre

4/5 (28 Ratings)

Find out what's happening at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) during your trip—a top convention center in Edinburgh. Discover the area's acclaimed art scene and notable monuments.

Top activities in Falkirk

Vacation Photographer in Falkirk
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Vacation Photographer in Falkirk

$31

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$19

Explore beautiful Glasgow, known for its rich design and architecture (not to mention its vibrant culture and warm hospitality), on board this double-decker bus.

Celtic Park Stadium Tour
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Celtic Park Stadium Tour

$16

Celtic Park is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe, making it the perfect place to learn all about the colourful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club from its inception in 1888.

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour

$39

Venture to the summit of Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, the historic fortress that dominates the city's horizon. On this guided tour, you can enjoy skip-the-line entrance, learn about the castle's crucial role in Scottish history, and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.

Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

$61

Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

Glasgow - Stirling - S-Class Private Chauffeur
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Glasgow - Stirling - S-Class Private Chauffeur

$68

What to expect Using our Executive Mercedes Benz S Class, S350 AMG Your transfer once on board we will take you directly to your destination. Our Mercedes Benz S Class S350 Executive AMG is finished to the highest standard with full Electric Rear Leather Seats, Electric Rear Blind, Air Conditioning, USB Charging.