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The Heart Of Falkirk

Itinerary Overview

Leave the car behind and take this gentle, 10-mile circular route to discover Falkirk's most iconic and best-loved landmarks. This scenic bike and walking trail includes the majestic Kelpies and mesmerising Falkirk Wheel, plus the newly restored Rosebank Distillery and stately grandeur of Callendar House. It’s the perfect way to see the biggest attractions in Falkirk.

Recommended Time - 1 Day
Total Distance - 16KM

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Day 1

Exploring History & Nature

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 area. Take a Kelpie’s tour for a unique perspective, stepping inside one of these magnificent creatures.

Then, follow the trail along the River Carron on your way to the Falkirk Wheel. Pass through Abbotshaugh Woods, home to the striking Love and Kisses artwork and take in Falkirk’s industrial heritage as you pass historic sites including the Carron Works. It was once Europe’s largest iron works and a cornerstone of Scotland’s industrial revolution.

Stop 2 – Pay Homage to Whisky Royalty

Nestled against the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, you’ll come across Rosebank Distillery. 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.

Stop 3 – A Boat Trip with a Difference

A short walk along the canal from Rosebank Distillery, you’ll find the Falkirk Wheel. This modern engineering marvel is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Linking the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, take a boat trip to find out more about the Wheel and the historic canals it now links.

Rear elevation of Callendar house and it's grounds on a bright sunny day with little clouds

Stop 4 – Follow the Footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots

Steeped in centuries of history, Callendar House has had some remarkable visitors, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. Dating back to the 14th century, the house sits in the picturesque grounds of Callendar Park, a site of national importance that includes part of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. Explore exhibitions offering insights into Falkirk’s pivotal role in shaping Scotland’s past. Then unwind in the Tea Room to enjoy breathtaking parkland views and browse the Gift Shop before returning to the Helix Park to complete the Heart of Falkirk Trail.

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