The Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland’s top tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all across the World.
Nearest Railway Station
Falkirk High. Frequent trains from Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh.
Facilities at the Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel site caters for family groups with a range of facilities such as restaurants, gift shop, toilets etc. During the summer months there are stalls selling coffee and snacks, ice cream and other refreshments. Tourist boats take visitors on a trip that lifts the boat on the Wheel from the bottom to the top level and through an access tunnel to a turning basin. Impressive panoramic views from the top level of the Wheel.
Arriving by Foot
The most enjoyable walking route from Falkirk High Station is to use the canal tow path. On the west-bound platform (i.e. trains from Edinburgh), walk to the end of the platform where a sign indicates the way to the canal – a distance of only 70 metres. This exit leads to a path across a small park and onto the canal side where an excellent, new, tarmacadam surfaced path can be used to access the Wheel. The distance is about 2.5 miles and arrives at a short tunnel that leads to the top of the Wheel. Follow the path down to the right on leaving the tunnel to reach the Visitor Centre.
Nearby Walking Routes
The John Muir Way passes by the Falkirk Wheel.
Arriving by Bike
If arriving at Falkirk High Rail Station from Edinburgh or Glasgow by train with a bicycle aboard, an excellent cycle and walking route is available on the canal tow-path that leads directly to the Falkirk Wheel. On the west-bound platform (i.e. trains from Edinburgh), walk to the end of the platform where a sign indicates the way to the canal – a distance of only 70 metres. This exit leads to a path across a small park and onto the canal side where an excellent, new, tarmacadam surfaced path can be used to access the Wheel. The distance of about 2.5 miles brings cyclists to a short tunnel that leads to the top of the Wheel. Follow the path down to the right on leaving the tunnel to reach the Visitor Centre with bike parking facilities at the front.
Nearest Cycle Parking
There are cycle racks in front of the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre entrance.
Cycle carriage on trains
Falkirk High station is served by intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Bicycles do not require reservations on this service.
Nearby Cycle Routes
The Union Canal forms a section of National Cycle Route 754 route and could be used to cycle to/from the Glasgow or Edinburgh as a long-distance traffic-free route. It is rather a long day-trip but the options exist to take cycles on the train, for example, from Edinburgh to Linlithgow then enjoy a shorter more manageable cycle allowing time for the Wheel visit.
The John Muir Way also passes by the Falkirk Wheel.
Arriving by Bus
- First Bluebird bus number 3 can be taken to the Falkirk Wheel from a stop about 300 metres from Falkirk High Railway Station. This is a frequent service (up to every 20 minutes) which runs year-round. It has “leather seats, luxurious interiors and free WiFi.”
- The Loop is a hop-on hop-off tourist bus which runs hourly during the summer season. This services leaves directly from Falkirk High Railway Station using the matching magenta bus shelter.
Directions to the Bus Stop
The Loop bus leaves from just outside the railway station. For First Bluebird number 3, the bus stop is about 300 metres from the railway station. On leaving Falkirk High, turn left through the car park then out at the right hand corner onto Drossie Road. Walk down the steep sloping street then turn first left to find the bus stop immediately in front.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.