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The Falkirk Area

About The Falkirk Area

Discover Falkirk: The Heart of Scotland

Ready to explore? From iconic modern wonders to ancient historical landmarks, quirky hidden gems to world-famous, award-winning attractions, Falkirk and the surrounding area is bursting with brilliant contrast. Whether you’re planning a quick trip, a weekend away, or an extended stay, there’s no shortage of things to do. Easy to get to by road, rail, or bike, you’ll find something for everyone. So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to find a different side to Scotland!

Attractions In Falkirk

Attractions In Falkirk

Marvel at Modern Wonders

The Falkirk area boasts two of Scotland’s newest and most unique attractions. The modern wonders of The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift, and The majestic Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world, celebrate Falkirk’s industrial heritage. Both are must-see destinations for hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Falkirk area every year.

Delve into a Rich History

Unearth a wealth of historical treasures and take a journey through time. From the Roman era with the UNESCO World Heritage Antonine Wall to medieval and Jacobean battlegrounds and sites from the industrial revolution, the Falkirk area has thousands of years of history to discover. Explore castles, country estates, and cultural landmarks that have graced the silver screen. Discover the secrets of this ancient land.

Sample Local Food and Drink

The Falkirk area boasts a wide range of award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes. Sample local produce at restaurants specialising in quirky Scottish tapas and fresh local seafood or sample the many local artisan ice-creams. Plus, there’s a whole world of cuisine waiting to welcome you, including authentic Jamaican, Thai, Chinese, Indian and much more.

A Lowland Whisky Treat

Known to whisky connoisseurs as the ‘King of the Lowlands’, Rosebank single-malt whisky has a rich reputation. Under new ownership, The Rosebank Distillery has been lovingly restored and reopened. Take a tour to find out about the whisky-making process that makes Rosebank so unique. Plus, with two more distilleries, Falkirk Distillery and Blackness Bay Distillery also opening their doors, the Falkirk area is an easy to get to treat for whisky lovers everywhere.

A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Voted Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood in 2019, over 500Km of paths make the Falkirk area an ideal place to explore on foot or by bike. Discover miles of scenic canal side routes, sections of the John Muir Way and beautiful country parks. For more of an adrenalin rush, you’ll also find mountain bike trails and pump tracks. Plus, with options for bike, kayak, and paddleboard hire, as well as segway tours, there’s so much to enjoy.

A Dog-Friendly Place

Travelling with your four-legged friend? With so many stunning walks, beautiful country parks, and iconic outdoor attractions, Falkirk is a great place to visit with your dog. There are plenty of dog-friendly places to eat dotted across the area. And if you’re planning to stay, you can choose from hotels, B&Bs, campsites and self-catering accommodation. Take a look at our dog-friendly itinerary and the places that welcome dogs and their well-behaved owners.

Family Fun

Discover family fun in Falkirk! With a range of indoor and outdoor activities, Falkirk promises memorable experiences for all children of all ages. From iconic outdoor attractions like the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel, playparks, country parks, zorbing, segways and bike tracks to indoor activities including go karting, trampolining, magical potion making and the challenge of escape rooms, you’ll have a great day out whatever the weather.

Accessible for All

We want everyone to enjoy their visit to Falkirk. Whatever your needs, you’ll find plenty of welcoming, fun experiences to choose from. With local Changing Places certified toilets, support for people with hidden disabilities and help for those with hearing or visual impairments, our attractions aim to make sure everyone is included. Find out more about accessible attractions in the area.   

Visitor Information

If you need help during your visit, you’ll find information points at several places across the area. Drop by the Howgate Shopping Centre, the Helix Park Visitor Centre, The Falkirk Wheel, or the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, where you can pick up a handy tourist map and local area leaflets to help you get the most from your trip. Or take a look at our events page to find out what’s happening in the area.

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