Modern wonders in Falkirk
Lying between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Falkirk is well positioned for exploring Scotland's central belt.
The town itself has some brilliant attractions. The Falkirk Wheel, the world's only rotating boat lift, has to be seen to be believed. It's a feat of engineering that transports boats 115 feet between the different levels of the Union, and Forth and Clyde canals. Take a ride on the wheel and learn all about it at the visitor centre.
Stand in awe at The Kelpies
Falkirk is also home to The Helix, a recently developed area of parkland used for walking, cycling and activities on the water. Its biggest draw is The Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculpture.
Standing at 30 metres high and made from 300 tonnes of steel, these awesome specimens pay homage to the horse power that was crucial to industrial success in central Scotland. You can admire them from afar, get up close and even go inside them on a Kelpies Experience Tour. They light up at night too.
Discover royal connections at Callendar House
Step back in time at this impressive chateau-style mansion, recently featured in TV drama Outlander. The house has hosted many prominent historical figures over the centuries, including Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. It stands in Callendar Park, which contains a section of the Roman Antonine Wall, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Planning a trip to Falkirk? Travelodge Falkirk Hotel is on the outskirts of the town, just a short drive from a host of attractions. Travelodge Stirling M80 Hotel is a good option for a short stopover.