An engine of Scotland’s industrial revolution, now a spellbinding town that blends history and modernity together in one place.


Situated midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Falkirk is a big town with a big heart. 

Stunning open spaces, magical landmarks like the Kelpies and the feat of engineering that is the Falkirk Wheel make this a destination worth discovering. 

The Helix - Home of the Kelpies

The Helix is a parkland that’s perfect for cycling. It’s also great for walking and watersports, but the star of the show is the Kelpies. Standing 30 metres tall and forged from 300 tonnes of steel, they are the world’s largest equine sculptures.

But they’re not just there to be admired, you can explore inside them and understand how horse power powered industrial Scotland with a tour.

The Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

The world's first (and only!) rotating boat lift is an unparalleled achievement of 21st century engineering. It transports boats 115ft between the different levels of the Union and Forth & Clyde canals. 

It’s amazing to see in action, but you can ride the wheel too. 

Travel by Steam Train

Swap two wheels for steam train on a short journey that follows the southern shore of the Forth at Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, which is also home to Scotland’s largest railway museum. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the eccentric Dunmore Pineapple.

The Dunmore Pineapple

Bring Your Bike (or rent one!)

Canal paths and cycling trails make Falkirk and the surrounding area a sanctuary for cycling. E-bikes are a great option and available for hire at the Falkirk Wheel, the Helix Park, Falkirk Town Centre and Callendar Park, Grangemouth, Bo’ness and Denny.

Plan your visit

Spend a fine day (or two) in Falkirk, exploring everything it has to offer.

Plan your perfect trip at VisitScotland.

Fun Facts!

Kelpies are a staple of Scottish folklore. In our mythic tradition, it’s said that just one of these magnificent water beasts has the strength of ten horses.

Falkirk was originally called Egglesbrech, which translates from Gaelic to “speckled church”.

Scotland’s national hero, William Wallace, fought his last battle in the Battle of Falkirk Muir. Following his defeat here, he resigned as Guardian of Scotland.

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