A county of contrasts
Situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh, tucked away in the Forth Valley is Falkirk, an area of contrasts. The UNESCO-listed Antonine Wall was built around AD142 to mark the northern frontier of the Roman Empire and was, at the time, the biggest engineering project Scotland had ever seen. Visiting the wall today, you can walk in the footsteps of the Romans.
The Falkirk Wheel – the world’s first rotating boat lift – connects the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal and is a wonder to behold. This ingenious feat of modern engineering, opened in 2002, raises boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal by 24 metres, leaving them to pass through a pair of locks to climb the further 11 metres to the Union Canal.
The area is not short of parks and wildlife areas, offering great opportunities for walking. The John Muir Way stretches 143 miles across Scotland’s heartland from Helensburgh to Dunbar, Muir’s birthplace, and a large section of the route falls within the Falkirk area. Train enthusiasts can take a journey on a steam train along the southern shore of the Forth on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, which has Scotland’s largest collection of railway artefacts.