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Highlights Of Falkirk

Itinerary Overview

Welcome to the Falkirk area, where old meets new in a captivating blend of heritage, innovation, and natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of Scotland, this three-day escape takes you to iconic landmarks, breathtaking landscapes, and key moments in Scottish history. From the world-renowned Falkirk Wheel to the ancient mysteries of the Antonine Wall, each day promises a new adventure. Stay and explore this vibrant part of Scotland, where every corner reveals a story waiting to be told.

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Day 1

Bo’ness Delights: A Day of Sightseeing and Exploration

Stop 1 – Set Sail on a Historic Journey at Blackness Castle

Start your trip on the banks of the Forth with a visit to Blackness Castle. This imposing 15th Century fortress juts out into the Firth of Forth and is known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ thanks to its distinctive shape and location. Resembling a great stone ship that has run aground, over the centuries, the castle has been used as a garrison, state prison and munitions store. Discover its fascinating history and take in the stunning views across to the three bridges now spanning the Firth of Forth. Then make your way to the nearby town of Bo’ness for your next stop.

Blue steam train at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Stop 2 – Indulge in a spot of Railway Romance at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Experience the romance of steam train travel at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and the Museum of Scottish Railways. There’s nothing like the roar of a mighty steam locomotive. Enjoy a scenic ten-mile round trip on one of the railways heritage diesel or steam trains. You might even get the chance to visit the steam engine itself! After your trip, stop for a spot of lunch at the Station Buffet café then take a short walk to the Museum. There you can try your hand at sorting the mail on a mail train or manning railway signals and explore its collection of historic steam engines and train carriages.

Stop 3 – Journey Through Time at Kinneil House and Estate

End your day with a trip to the countryside and a journey through 2,000 years of history. Kinneil Estate is like stepping into a history book right in the heart of Scotland. Here you can wander through two millennia of historical sites. From a Roman fort to medieval ruins, a grand country house to key moments in the industrial revolution, it’s all here. You’ll be amazed at how much history you can stumble upon in just one place. Take a tour of the historic Kinneil House, once home to the mighty Hamilton family, and visit the museum to discover artefacts dating back thousands of years.

Day 2

A Triple Treat in Falkirk

The Kelpies & Helix Park, Kelpies from above

Stop 1 – Find Falkirk Icons at the Helix Park

Begin your adventure at Helix Park, where you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Kelpies. The towering 30-metre-tall equine sculptures are a must-see on any trip to the Falkirk area. See if you can get a selfie feeding them. Don’t worry – they don’t bite! Then take a Kelpie’s tour for a unique perspective, stepping inside one of these magnificent creatures. If you need refreshments, there’s a café in the Visitor Centre or the Horse Box Café & Gift Shop. The Helix Park also features an adventure playpark and picturesque lagoon if you want to explore further while here.

Stop 2 – Discover Falkirk’s Vibrant Town Centre

Falkirk Town Centre is just a short drive from The Helix Park and Kelpies. Here you can stop for lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants. You can also indulge in a spot of retail therapy while you’re here. There’s lots more to see so make sure you take the time to explore Falkirk Town Centre’s landmarks. Follow the Falkirk Heritage Trail’s 25 historical sites, all marked by plaques detailing the history of each site, to find out more. Sites include the historic Falkirk Trinity Church and the final resting place of William Wallace’s trusted knight, Sir John De Graeme.

Stop 3 – Pay Homage to Whisky Royalty

Your final stop of the day takes you to one of the Falkirk area’s newest attractions. Nestled against the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal and a short drive, walk or cycle from the town centre, you’ll find Rosebank Distillery. Founded in 1840 and known to whisky connoisseurs as the ‘King of the Lowlands’, the distillery has been recently restored and is now back to its former glory. Take a tour to find out more about this lowland gem and its place in the rich whisky heritage of Scotland.

Day 3

Iconic Encounters and Unique Attractions

Stop 1 – The Falkirk Wheel & Segway Experience

Start your final day with a trip to one of the area’s biggest attractions, the Falkirk Wheel. This modern engineering marvel is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Linking the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, it has so much to offer visitors of all ages. Take a boat trip with a difference, soaring through the air on the Falkirk Wheel as you travel to the nearby Union Canal. Kids will love the range of activities on offer, including a Water Activity Zone, water zorbing and crazy golf. For more of an adventure, hire segways and take a trip through beautiful woodland to nearby Rough Castle, part of the Roman Antonine Wall and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stop 2 –Follow the Footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots

From the Falkirk Wheel, take a trip to see a firm Falkirk favourite. Dating back to the 14th century, Callendar House is steeped in history. Sitting in the picturesque grounds of Callendar Park, it is a site of national importance that includes part of the Antonine Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house has also had some remarkable visitors, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria. Explore exhibitions offering insights into Falkirk’s pivotal role in shaping Scotland’s past. There’s also a Roman themed play area, nature play trail and a Cycle Hub with challenging mountain bike tracks. Unwind in the Tea Room to enjoy breathtaking parkland views and browse the Gift Shop.

Stop 3 –Discover a New Whisky at Falkirk Distillery

Your next stop takes you to the Falkirk Distillery. Embark on a fascinating whisky adventure in this new, family-run distillery on the outskirts of Falkirk. With public tours and tastings coming soon, you can request your own behind-the-scenes tour of this impressive newcomer to the whisky world. Find out more about the process of making Scotland’s national drink and get a glimpse into the craft of whisky-making in the grand distillery building. With plans for a café and shop underway, Falkirk Distillery promises to be a whisky-lover’s paradise.

Stop 4 –Explore the Unique Dunmore Pineapple

Your final stop takes you to the extraordinary Dunmore Pineapple, one of the Falkirk area’s more unusual attractions. Constructed in 1761 as a summer house for the 4th Earl of Dunmore, its unique pineapple shape has earned it a reputation as Scotland’s ‘most bizarre building’. Located in Dunmore Park near the village of Airth, once you have visited the Dunmore Pineapple, take time to enjoy the beautiful views and explore the grounds of this extensive estate. Look out for the former curling pond and ruins of Dunmore Park House.

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