Some information on the Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel, which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, is Scotland’s most fascinating example of twenty-first-century engineering. It is the only rotating boat lift in the world and can lift boats 115 feet.
The Falkirk Wheel is a spectacular mechanical wonder that was built using cutting-edge technical techniques from the twenty-first century. It is already acknowledged as a famous landmark deserving of Scotland’s long technical legacy.
The Falkirk Wheel is the centrepiece of the Millennium Link project, which restored coast-to-coast canal traffic for the first time in more than 40 years. It was erected to replace a series of lock gates constructed in the 19th century that had long ago been destroyed and replaced with homes. Great Canal Journeys, a hit TV show starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales, featured this amazing voyage.
With a Kids Activity Zone, Mini Canal & Water Play Park, Water Activity Zone, Cycle Rental, Water Zorbing, Canoeing, Boat Tours, and Woodland Walks that include portions of the Antonine Wall, a World Heritage Site, and Roughcastle Roman Fort, The Wheel is a terrific place for a family day out. For additional information about renting bicycles and water walking, see the Outdoor Trax website.