Unique in Scotland, and indeed the world, the Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent piece of engineering - all £17.5 million of it. The rotating boatlift replaced several locks linking the two Central Belt canals at Falkirk, and was constructed as part of the Millenium Link which helped to reopen both waterways to traffic in 2002. It's undeniably impressive, but we're not quite so convinced about the visitor experience. The fancy visitor centre is mostly just a big shop and lacks interpretation space, while boat trips up and down the Wheel are a bit pricey. Better views of the gigantic structure are actually gained exploring the site on foot - for free.
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Name: Falkirk Wheel ★★★☆☆
Description: The world's only rotating boatlift, restoring a navigable link between the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal.
Location: Western edge of Falkirk, G.R.: NS 853802 / included summit arose
Open (2017): Daily, but some winter closures including most of February for maintenance - check website. Boat trips 3 times daily
Cost (2017): Boat trip: £12.50 (adults), £7.50 (children); Rest of site: free
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