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Accessible Cycling

Itinerary Overview

With miles of cycle paths and canal towpaths waiting to be explored in the Falkirk area, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities are in for a treat. But that's not all - here, inclusivity is key. Thanks to tours offered by the charity, Cycling Without Age Scotland, everyone, regardless of your mobility, can experience the joy of cycling. So, whether you're gliding along smooth paths or pedalling beside tranquil canals or taking a trip in a trishaw, get ready for a journey that's as exhilarating as it is accessible!

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Day 1

Accessible Modern Marvels

Stop 1 – Accessible Cycling Adventures at the Helix Park and Kelpies

Start your day at the Helix Park and Kelpies, where cycling enthusiasts and families alike can indulge in the joy of biking! Spanning 26 km, the park boasts smooth, wide cycle paths, alongside play areas and the awe-inspiring 30-metre-tall Kelpies, ensuring accessibility for all. The Kelpies tour is wheelchair-friendly, and the Visitor Centre offers delectable treats, ample bike racks, and a Changing Places accessible toilet. With a sensory play area catering to mobility issues and Cycling Without Age Scotland providing tours on specially adapted trishaws, adventure knows no bounds. Book in advance for volunteer-piloted tours and embark on an unforgettable journey of adventure, art, and inclusivity at the Helix Park and Kelpies!

Explore the Helix Park area – 1.5-2 hours

9km Total Distance

Nightime shot of The Falkirk Wheel showing the ochil hills in the distance

Stop 2 – Wheel to the Falkirk Wheel

From The Helix Park, you can cycle or take a trishaw tour with Cycle Without Age Scotland to the Falkirk Wheel. Follow the scenic Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, offering a predominantly flat and traffic-free journey. Arrive at the engineering marvel of the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s sole rotating boat lift, an essential stop on your itinerary. Unwind at the Visitor Centre with refreshments and some souvenir shopping. Then, embark on a unique, wheelchair-friendly boat trip that takes you on the Falkirk Wheel. Accessible toilet facilities are available at the Visitor Centre, with Changing Places amenities conveniently located at the Mariner Centre in Camelon, just a short 3.5km drive away.

Helix Park to Falkirk Wheel circular – 2-3 hours

16km Total Distance

Day 2

Tranquil Tours around Falkirk’s Scenic Parks
Rear-View of Callendar House, Falkirk

Stop 1 – Tour Tranquil Callendar House & Park

A visit to Callendar House offers a serene start to the day. This stunning French chateau-styled country house boasts a rich history spanning over 600 years. Set in parkland that includes traces of the Roman Antonine Wall, wide, flat paths make it ideal for trishaws, trikes, and novice cyclists. A trishaw tour with Cycling Without Age Scotland will glide you past the historic house and boating lake before taking a route through scenic woodland. To ensure availability, these piloted tours must be pre-booked. After your leisurely ride, visit the souvenir shop and tearoom at the house. Callendar House has level access through a side entrance, lifts to upper floors and disabled toilets.

Callendar Park Loop – 30-45 minutes

1.6 km total distance

Girl enjoying the wheelchair friendly park facilities at zetland park in Grangemouth

Stop 2 – Zoom around Zetland Park

Just a short drive from Callendar House lies another local favourite, Zetland Park. Located in Grangemouth, this Victorian gem has undergone a makeover, making it accessible and welcoming to all. It includes an inclusive play area, complete with a wheelchair swing, and a sensory garden. Smooth, wide paths are ideal for cyclists of all abilities. Cycle Without Age Scotland offers trishaw tours here, with booking is essential. Zetland Park also houses a Bike Library where you can borrow a bike for free and pedal through this picturesque park. Whether you’re here to admire Victorian charm, enjoy the accessible amenities, or enjoy the beautiful gardens, Zetland Park is a real treat!

Zetland Park Tour – 30-45 mins

2 km total distance

Day 3

Shoreline Cycling: Accessible Adventures in Bo'ness and Kinneil

Stop 1- Pedal through history and heritage at Kinneil House and Estate

Glide through 2,000 years of captivating history at Kinneil House and Estate. Nestled in the historic town of Bo’ness, the estate includes sites dating from the era of the Romans right through to the bustling industrial revolution. The house itself dates back to the 16th Century and was one of the homes of the Dukes of Hamilton. Take a leisurely trishaw tour with Cycling Without Age Scotland and keep your eyes peeled for remnants of the Roman Antonine Wall and the ruins of James Watt’s cottage, where he worked on his steam engine invention. Whether you’re cycling, trishaw touring, or simply exploring, Kinneil House and Estate invites you to discover its storied past.

Kinneil House & Grounds – 1 hour

3km total distance

Front view of The Hippadrome Cinema in Bo'ness

Stop 2 – Cycling through Bo’ness: History, Treats, and Cinematic Magic!

After taking in the history of Kinneil Estate, take a short drive or cycle into the town of Bo’ness. This historic coastal town, once a bustling Scottish port and industrial hub, rests gracefully on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or a steaming cup of coffee at The Corbie Inn, an accessible, cycle-friendly spot near the foreshore. Craving something sweet? Indulge in a dessert at McMoos Ice Cream Parlour, conveniently located next to The Hippodrome. Don’t miss the chance to visit The Hippodrome, Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema, that is still enchanting audiences today. Check its listings for Autism Friendly screenings and Audio Description and captioning on selected screenings.

Aerial Shot from above Blackness Castle showing the grounds and dock

 Stop 3 – Biking Along the Bo’ness Foreshore

From Bo’ness Town Centre, end the day with a scenic bike ride or trishaw trip along the Bo’ness Foreshore. Follow the banks of the Forth to discover The Bo’ness Mining Memorial, a poignant tribute to over 900 years of coal mining history in the area, along with other historic sculptures along the route. Spot steam trains chugging along at the nearby Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Lovingly maintained by volunteers, this heritage railway offers regular passenger trips from April to October and have an adapted carriage for wheelchair users. While there, take a detour to Scotland’s largest railway museum where you can watch the restoration of heritage trains from the accessible Engineering Workshop Viewing Gallery.

Bo’ness Foreshore – 1.5-2 hours

8km total distance

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