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Accessible Attractions

Itinerary Overview

The Falkirk area extends a warm welcome to all visitors. Our attractions and accommodation providers have worked hard to make their sites as accessible as possible so that everyone can enjoy their time here. This itinerary includes suggestions highlighting accessible treasures to help make your visit truly memorable.

Recommended Time - 3 Days

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Day 1

A Day of Wonder in Falkirk

Stop 1 – Discover the Charm of Callendar House & Park

Discover Callendar House, a beautiful French chateau-style mansion set in its own expansive park and woodland. With parts of the house tracing back over 600 years and a striking 19th-century turreted facade, it has hosted renowned figures like Mary, Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, and Queen Victoria. Admission is free and includes entrance to the permanent exhibition chronicling ‘The Story of Callendar House’. Enjoy the accessible Georgian kitchen, Park Gallery, gift shop, and tearoom. Dedicated disabled parking area in front of the house, a side entrance with level access, a lift to upper floors, and accessible toilets help make this venue accessible to all. Outside, wheelchair-friendly paths wind through atmospheric ancient woodlands and to Roman ruins.

Stop 2 – Explore Falkirk’s Living History and Inclusive Shopping

Falkirk is a town where history comes alive at every turn. Find out how tales of ancient battles intertwine with feats of industrial innovation. Explore Falkirk Town Centre’s landmarks, from the historic Falkirk Trinity Church, resting place of medieval knight, Sir John De Graeme, to The Steeple’s intriguing place in local history. Follow the Falkirk Heritage Trail’s 25 historical sites, all within walking or wheeling distance. Additionally, discover the inclusive shopping experience at the Howgate Shopping Centre, Scotland’s first autism-friendly certified mall. Open seven days a week, it offers a variety of shops, coffee spots, and Sensory Shopping, catering to diverse needs and ensuring a stress-free experience for all.

Stop 3 – Wonder at the Falkirk Wheel

Wrap up your day with a visit to the iconic Falkirk Wheel. The world’s only rotating boat lift, it gracefully connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Take a boat trip and marvel as your boat is lifted 115 feet into the air for a seamless onward journey. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be taken on board, with free trips for carers. Plus, service dogs are warmly welcomed. Explore the visitor centre and gift shop, and let the kids roam in play areas and splash zones. Disabled parking and toilets are available, and the venue uses the pioneering Welcome app to provide personalised assistance to all visitors, whatever you need.

Day 2

Accessible Outdoor Adventures

Stop 1 – Outdoor Adventures at Callendar Estate and Canada Wood

Start your day at Callendar Estate. With beautiful views across the Forth Valley, the estate offers a range of outdoor activities. This includes 67 km of path networks, including sections of The John Muir Way taking you through picturesque countryside and woodland. Encounter wildlife like deer and tawny owls along the way. Or rent a bike from Greenrigg Cycles and explore well-marked trails for a range of abilities. All are easily navigable with downloadable maps or guides. After your outdoor adventure, recharge at the Café at Canada Wood for a delicious lunch. On a nice day, sit outside on the terrace to enjoy stunning views of the Ochil hills. The café has plenty of parking and accessible toilet facilities.

Stop 2 – The Accessible Majesty of the Kelpies in The Helix Park

After lunch, take a drive to see the majestic Kelpies. Standing at 30 meters tall, they are a must-see sight. Situated in The Helix Park, the attraction has been designed with accessibility in mind.  Wide, smooth paths make getting to the Kelpies easy and the fully accessible Visitor Centre offers refreshments and souvenir shopping with scenic views. In the Helix Park, an accessible path network makes it easy to explore wetland boardwalks teeming with wildlife and the Adventure Play Zone and Splash Zone. The park has a Changing Places toilet, accessible toilets and parking. For something a bit different, Cycling Without Age Scotland offers trishaw tours here and at a variety of sites across the Falkirk area (pre-book only).

Stop 3 – Inclusive Fun at Zetland Park

Finish your day with a visit to Zetland Park. Located in Grangemouth a short drive from the Kelpies, this beautiful Victorian park has been refurbished and upgraded to make it accessible to all. Its paths are flat and tarmacked, allowing easy access for wheelchair and mobility scooters users. The park boasts an inclusive play area, including a wheelchair swing and a dedicated sensory garden. Look out for the replica of the Charlotte Dundas, built in Grangemouth and the world’s first practical steamship, as the centrepiece of the play area. The park also has a Bike Library offering free bike hire. Grab a coffee at the Wee Coffee Cabin and explore!

Day 3

Roll Back the Years with A Historic Day Out

Stop 1 – Roll Back Time with a Visit to Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum

Start your final day with a trip back in time! Take a nostalgic journey aboard a vintage steam or diesel train along the scenic Forth at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Recognise stations from iconic TV shows like Outlander and classic movies such as The 39 Steps and relax in lovingly restored historic carriages. Accessible features include disabled parking, toilets, wheelchair ramps, and portable ramps for adapted carriages. After your trip, visit the station café and browse the gift shop. Then explore the Museum of Scottish Railways, Scotland’s largest railway museum. The flat 500m Visitor Trail takes you to the museum, housing a fascinating collection of steam engines, subway cars and an old mail train.

Stop 1 – Accessible History at Kinneil House & Estate

Continue your historic journey and take a short drive to Kinneil House, Museum, and Estate.  Here you can trace Scotland’s rich heritage from Roman times to the industrial revolution. Kinneil House and Estate dates back to the time of King Robert I (the Bruce) of Scotland and was the seat of the powerful Hamilton family. Wheelchair-friendly paths wind through the picturesque grounds where you can explore 2,000 years of history, including remnants of the Roman Antonine Wall, and inventor James Watt’s workshop. Kinneil House’s interior and museum are partially accessible, with interactive displays for those areas out of reach. With ample onsite parking, Kinneil invites you to uncover Scotland’s history in an accessible way.

Stop 3 – Retro Cinema at The Bo’ness Hippodrome

Finish your trip in retro style with a visit to Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema, The Hippodrome. Opened in 1912 and restored to its former glory, it’s a beloved community hub. Winner of Best Cinema Experience in Scotland 2019, it screens everything from modern blockbusters to classics and art house films. Host to the renowned Silent Film Festival held every year in March, The Hippodrome offers a unique cinematic experience. Fully accessible, with wheelchair spaces, the venue also has on-street parking. It also caters for people with hearing and sight impairments, including captioned screenings for the deaf or hard of hearing. Check the listings for special screenings for people with autism and hypersensitivity.

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