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FalkirkUnited Kingdom

Bring the family to the world’s first rotating boat lift, walk on water and learn the rich history of a 14th-century château.

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.

Top Hotels in Falkirk

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Weedingshall Lodges
Weedingshall Lodges
Old Edinburgh Road, Polmont A803, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $116 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in a rural location, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Callendar House, The Helix, and The Kelpies. Falkirk Wheel and Falkirk Golf Club are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Fantastic place, so clean, cosy and very modern with everything you need. Would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Weedingshall Lodges
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Helix, Callendar House, and The Kelpies. Muiravonside Country Park and West Lothian ...

3.8/5Good! (467 reviews)

"Clean, cozy and helpful staff. Hotel is strategically situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh offering affordable rooms.Parking was also available at no extra cost."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
Airth, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Scotland

Situated in Falkirk, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Pineapple and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Helix and The Kelpies. Plean Country Park and Callendar ...

3.5/5Good! (364 reviews)
Weekend Break

"Great trip, lovely location, great for walks, staff great, food great - loved it"…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel
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Falkirk Wheel

4.5/5(66 reviews)

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.

The Pineapple
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The Pineapple

You can find out about the history of Airth with a stop at The Pineapple. Check out the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(1,415 reviews)

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

The SSE Hydro
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The SSE Hydro

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Glasgow's multipurpose events venue attracts the biggest names in entertainment. Come to see a performance or simply to admire the building's design.

Royal Mile
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Royal Mile

4.5/5(408 reviews)

Explore this area in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town to find ancient buildings, historic relics, shops, museums and range of dining options.

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Vacation Photographer in Falkirk
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Vacation Photographer in Falkirk

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

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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission
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Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission

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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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