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Roam Free In Falkirk

Itinerary Overview

If you are a keen walker, cyclist or just like exploring somewhere new, the Falkirk area is a destination you won’t want to miss. Voted the UK’s Best Walking Neighbourhood in 2019, get close to nature with acclaimed walking and cycling trails that include sections of the John Muir Way and the dramatic River Avon Heritage Trail. Cycle through stunning landscapes at Callendar Estate or along canal towpaths connecting the iconic modern landmarks of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies. Along the way, discover remnants of Roman fortifications, restored lowland distilleries and landmarks from the industrial revolution in an area steeped in history. Whether you’re walking, cycling or wheeling you’re invited to roam free in Falkirk - and experience some of the best that Scotland has to offer.

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Day 1

Falkirk's Silver Screen Gems
Nightime shot of The Falkirk Wheel showing the ochil hills in the distance

Route 1 – Scottish Icons: The Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies

Take in two of Scotland’s most iconic attractions in one easy 6.5-mile route. Walk or hire a bike at The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift. From there, follow the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath to the Kelpies and the Helix Park. This leisurely route is mostly traffic free and suitable for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Along the way, you’ll spot the rejuvenated ‘King of the Lowlands’ Rosebank Distillery with its new visitor centre. Stop off to take a look around or continue on your way to the world-famous Kelpies at the Helix Park. Cycle round the base of these impressive 30-metre-high equine sculptures and pop into the visitor centre for refreshments.

Canal Towpaths from The Falkirk Wheel to The Kelpies

6.5 km Total Distance

Route 2 – 2000 years of History: Callendar Estate to Callendar House & Park

Enjoy a route that takes you through 2,000 years of local history. Start at Callendar Estate, where you can either hire a bike or journey on foot to explore a range of routes through woodland and across farm tracks. From here, pass the site of the Battle of Falkirk Muir fought in 1746 during the Jacobite uprising. Carry on to Callendar House & Park in the town. Free entry to Callendar House gives you access to the Georgian kitchen, a tearoom boasting panoramic park views, historic exhibitions and a contemporary art gallery. The park seamlessly blends ancient and modern elements, with sections of the Antonine Wall alongside a Nature play trail and a Roman themed play park for youngsters.

Callendar Estate to Callendar House

4.5km Total Distance

Day 2

From History to Hollywood: A Day of Discovery in Bo’ness and Kinneil

Route 3 – Countryside Charm: Exploring Farmland around The Milk Barn

Escape into the countryside with this charming route that takes you through tranquil farmland and woodland trails. Start at Callendar Estate, where you can either hire a bike or journey on foot to explore a range of bike and walking routes through woodland and across farm tracks. From here, choose your route, which could include following parts of the John Muir Way and other bike and walking trails to the Milk Barn Ice Cream Parlour. Set in a working dairy farm, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious ice-cream made with fresh milk from the herd while taking in beautiful views of the Forth Valley below.

Callendar Estate to The Milk Barn

Total Distance 4km

Battle Scenes from muiravonside Country Park - Outlander

Route 4 – Scenic Splendour: Exploring the River Avon Heritage Trail

Embark on a scenic journey of discovery along The River Avon Heritage Trail. Spanning ten miles from Avonbridge to Linlithgow, this picturesque route winds through dramatic landscapes, river gorges and woodland rich with wildlife. A dramatic high point of the route is in the beautiful Muiravonside Country Park. Here the path joins the Union Canal to take you across the magnificent Avon Aqueduct, the tallest and longest aqueduct in Scotland. Take in the breathtaking views from 26 metres above the River Avon burbling below. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a tranquil escape, The River Avon Heritage Trail promises an unforgettable adventure.

River Avon Heritage Trail

Total Distance 11km

Day 3

Royalty On Location

Route 5 – From Linlithgow to Bo’ness Along The John Muir Way

Starting at Linlithgow, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, follow the John Muir Way along the Bo’ness coastline. Soak in the beautiful views across the Firth of Forth along Fisherrow Walk, a route once used by fishermen’s wives taking their catches to sell at Linlithgow. Make your way to the historic Kinneil Estate where you’ll find its grand house, the ruins of James Watt’s cottage, and a section of the Roman Antonine Wall. As you reach the coastal town of Bo’ness, look out for Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema, the Hippodrome, and steam trains at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.

The John Muir Way from Linlithgow to Bo’ness

Total Distance 8 km

Aerial Shot from above Blackness Castle showing the grounds and dock

Route 6: Coastal Beauty: Bo’ness to Blackness Castle

This shoreline route follows the John Muir Way along the shoreline from Bo’ness to Blackness Castle. The castle is an imposing 15th Century fortress known as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its distinctive shape. Take time to explore the formidable site whose walls echo with centuries of Scottish history and maritime lore. The route continues with a visit to the Lobster Pot, a charming local pub where you can savour fresh seafood delicacies. While there, for those seeking a taste of Scotland’s renowned spirits after a day of walking, visit the Blackness Bay Distillery for a guided tour and tasting experience.

The John Muir Way from Bo’ness to Blackness Castle

Total Distance 6.5 km

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