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Getting Here

Situated in the heart of Scotland, getting to Falkirk has never been easier. It has excellent motorway and rail connections and is less than an hour away from major airports. Plus, with plenty of cycle routes, its also an easy ride from Glasgow, Edinburgh and many parts of Central Scotland.

Getting Here By Car

Discovering Falkirk by car is easy. Located in the centre of Scotland’s motorway network makes Falkirk an easy drive from many parts of the UK. Plus, with electric vehicle (EV) charge points at many locations across the area, including dedicated spaces at Falkirk Stadium next to the Helix Park and Kelpies, you can travel greener too. To view the location of EV charging stations around Falkirk, take a look at Charge Place Scotland.

From Edinburgh – 50 mins from City Centre, 25 mins from Newbridge Roundabout

Take the M9 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 for Falkirk.

From Glasgow – 35 mins from City Centre

Take the M80 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 on M876 and follow the signs for Falkirk.

From Carlisle and the South – 1 hour 55 mins from Carlisle City Centre

From the M6 continue on the M74, exiting at Junction 4 to take the M73, then the M80 towards Stirling. Take the M876 and exit at Junction 5 following the signs for Falkirk.

From Perth and the North – 1 hour from Perth City Centre

Take the A9 and M9 towards Stirling and Edinburgh, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk.

Getting Here By Train

Five train stations serve the Falkirk area – Falkirk High, Falkirk Grahamston, Larbert, Camelon and Polmont. Falkirk’s central location means that Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling are all less than half an hour train journey away. There are also direct train services from as far south as London and as far north as Inverness, with more routes planned for the west coast of England in 2025.

ScotrailTraveline Scotland and Trainline have full details of rail links to the Falkirk area.

Getting Here By Bus

There are regular buses between Falkirk and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Fife. Traveline Scotland has full details.

Getting Here By Bike

National Cycle Network Routes cut across the Falkirk area running East to West as well as North to South. The canal side traffic free route linking Falkirk to Edinburgh or Glasgow means that you can ride here in as little as two hours from either city. Take a look at the cycle routes and lanes in the area. https://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/roads-parking-transport/transport/cycle-lanes-routes.aspx

Or you can bring your bike on the train, ready to explore the area on two wheels when you get here. Check out the Scotrail timetable for train services to the area.

The Inner Forth Bike Bus, will run every Sunday from 21 April to October 2024, then April-October in 2025. Hop on the free service with bike trailers, including stops in the Falkirk area at Bo’ness, Grangemouth, The Kelpies, and more. Book in advance for an unforgettable cycling adventure. View the timetable here.

Once You’re Here

Walking & cycling

With over 500km of shared use paths to choose from in the area, Falkirk is a great place to walk or cycle around.

Dedicated facilities for cyclists include free water stations, bike repair areas and secure bike racks. You can loan bikes for free at the Bike Library at Zetland Park in Grangemouth, or you can hire bikes at the Falkirk Wheel and Greenrigg Cycles at Canada Wood in Falkirk. Check out the new Heart of Falkirk Trail, 16km route around the Falkirk area, taking in the main sites, plus some of the more quirky attractions in the area. It’s a great way to get to know Falkirk!   

For those with mobility issues, there is still the option to get on a bike! Cycle Without Age Scotland offers free trishaw bike rides at venues across the area, including the Kelpies at the Helix Park and Callander Park.

Taking the car

If you’re getting around by car, many of the area’s attractions have dedicated parking, with many also featuring EV charge points. Plus, there are many council-run car parks to choose from. Find out more here Streets & parking – Car parks | Falkirk Council

Taking public transport

To find out about bus routes in the area, visit local bus operator, McGill’s Scotland East website for timetables and route maps.

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