Falkirk

Falkirk | Town | ★★

[Steeple on Falkirk High Street]

The town of Falkirk (Speckled Church) sits almost exactly in the centre of the triangle connecting Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. Good road and rail links mean it's one of the best non-city bases for exploring the Central Belt. As a settlement in its own right though, it's often overlooked by tourists. Spend a little time locally and you'll discover an attractive shopping district surrounded by a variety of tourist attractions, ranging from a beautiful stately home within acres of landscaped grounds, to easygoing canal walks, a key Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, a slick new urban park and the Falkirk Wheel: one of the most striking pieces of modern architecture in Scotland. The various attraction are listed below.

[Callander House (25/7/14)]

Location

📌 Falkirk ★★
Falkirk council area, G.R.: NS 888799 ///fame.piper.invest

🚶 Falkirk spreads quite widely, though Callander House is an easy walk from the centre. The Kelpies are at least a half hour walk away; the Falkirk Wheel is a little further by a pleasant canalside path. There are buses to all these places.
🚌 Falkirk is well served by train, with stations on two different lines from towns and cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. There's a dense network of long distance and local buses from towns across the Central Belt.
🚗 Central car parks charge a fee; there are free options a fair distance further out.



See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Callendar House & Park ★★★
Description: Chateau-like mansion with sections dating to the 14th century, partially converted into a council-owned museum, set amongst extensive grounds.
Off Callendar Road (A803), 15-min walk east of the town centre, G.R.: NS 899793 ///pinch.cafe.pram
House open Wednesday to Monday. Park always open | Free

>> Walk: Hidden underbelly of Falkirk ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Falkirk Wheel ★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> The Helix & Kelpies ★★★ (2 mi ↑)
>> Walk: Around Falkirk's wheely big boatlift ★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Rough Castle ★★★ (3 mi ←)

[View from the top of the Falkirk Wheel (21/11/15)]

[Lock Sixteen on the Forth & Clyde Canal (21/11/15)]

[Restored 1825 kitchen in Callander House (25/7/14)]

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