Falkirk is a small industrial town situated about 15 miles from Stirling and 30 miles from Edinburgh. Here are three points of interest that will make you want to add it to your itinerary.
- The Kelpies
One of the most popular attractions in Stirlingshire, this striking installation resembles the mythical creatures from Scottish folklore. Their 30 meters of height make them the largest equine sculptures in the world: their imposing and somewhat majestic appearance will leave you breathless. Visitors also have the chance to take a 30-minute guided tour, which gives the opportunity to see the sculptures from the inside. The Kelpies are situated within a new parkland that offers various activities, The Helix. For more information about the tour and activities, visit The Helix website.
- Falkirk Wheel
Built in 2002 in order to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, the world’s only rotating boatlift attracts dozens of spectators everyday. Boat trips last 50 minutes and they allow you to experience first-hand the thrill of being lifted 35m from the ground. If you are not a fan of heights, worry not: you can watch the show from the ground and entertain yourself with the other activities available at the centre. These include paddle boarding, peddle boats for children, waterzorbing and cycling. At the visitor centre you can find gifts of any sort and satisfy your hunger with some warm food and drinks.
- Callendar House
Situated in Callendar Park, this stunning 14th century mansion welcomes visitors and hosts events throughout the whole year. If its majestic looks are not enough to convince you to plan a visit, there is also a number of permanent exhibitions set up in the different rooms. Firstly, The Story of Callendar House takes you through the history of the building between the 11th and 19th century. Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution focuses on the development and transformation of the town during the Industrial Revolution. The Antonine Wall and Rome’s Northern Frontier give an insight into the expansion of the Roman Empire (a section of the Wall can still be found in Callendar Park, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site). Finally, the restored 1825 kitchen displays a variety of tools and recipes used in the 19th century. This room is also popular among fans of the TV show Outlander for being featured in a scene in episode 11, season 2. More Outlander filming locations are listed here.