Falkirk Wheel tours – visit the amazing Wheel

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk . Tours start at 10 am weekdays and 11.30 am weekends. Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or your accommodation or port . Five hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk.
Your guide will give you tips on the best viewpoints for photographs at each location .

Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk .

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Callendar House tours

Tours start at 10 am weekdays and 11.30 am weekends

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the world famous Kelpies , a tribute to the Clydesdale horses that used to pull barges along the canals of Scotland in the 19th century
  • the Falkirk Wheel , a unique rotating boat lift
  • historic Callendar House featuring a working Georgian kitchen
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

The Kelpies  in the Helix Park opened to the public on  21st April 2014  . The park opened with a  night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past .

 Falkirk Wheel tours
Falkirk Wheel tours

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

Historic Callendar House is 500 years old and features a working Georgian kitchen. It is a five star attraction accredited by Visitscotland .

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

The tour costs £150 for private groups up to four people .

Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contact us online .

Lunch and refreshments are not included in the price.

Find out more about Falkirk tours on Visitscotland

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Falkirk Wheel tours

The Falkirk Wheel is a unique boat lift which transfers canal boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal.

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The Falkirk Wheel is an amazing piece of engineering. Tours to the Falkirk Wheel can be booked online .

Watch this Falkirk Wheel video

The Falkirk Wheel has made a great contribution to the image of Scotland and is now an intrinsic part of the Lowland canals and a perfect symbol of their renaissance and the broad economic, social and environmental public value they together deliver.

The proposal to reopen the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal first became a real possibility in the early 1990s but the question mark was how to join the two to create the Millennium Link – a canal network enabling travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow, while regenerating the communities along the waterways.

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the Falkirk Wheel videos

Find out more about Falkirk tours on Visitscotland .

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Dr Hargreaves added: “When planning the Millennium Link, we wanted an extraordinary design which could become an icon affirming that the 18th century canal system is back and have an important role to play in travel in the 21st century.
The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with   27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the iconic 30 metre high landmark sculptures, the Kelpies.

Falkirk Wheel tours can be booked on 07305-294773 .
The Kelpies  in the Helix Park opened to the public on  21st April 2014  . The park opened with a  night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past .

The Kelpies tours – visit the Kelpies in Helix Park , Falkirk

Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth, Falkirk

The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk with over a million visitors so far . The Kelpies are just a short journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the Airport .  Visit the Kelpies with Airport Taxi Transfers . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.

Airport taxi transfers offer transfers to the Kelpies from Glasgow , Edinburgh and other locations as well as half day tours to the Kelpies , Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House .

How much would a taxi cost from Edinburgh to the Kelpies ?

 

Pickup point Taxi half day Tour ( kelpies and Falkirk wheel )
Edinburgh Airport The Kelpies £35 £95
Edinburgh city centre The Kelpies £50 £115
Glasgow city centre The Kelpies £48 £105
Glasgow Airport The Kelpies £55 £120


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Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30 m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project,

The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month . The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013. The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.  The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   . The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.  . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time
The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month .
The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.
 The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   .
The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.
 . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time

The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with   27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the iconic 30 metre high landmark sculptures, the Kelpies. A taxi from Edinburgh to the Kelpies takes about 30 minutes from the airport .

The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.
The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area,  which could host large scale events ,  has potential to bring in revenue to the area  , although it is not clear just how much .  Callendar Park  used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new 
playpark. A set of 
giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower over the park.

Councillors were told the Helix Park is considered a “destination” for play and the design had to show it could cope with a large volume of use from children aged from three to 14, be as iconic as the park itself and the Kelpies, use materials in keeping with the park which were also durable and be innovative.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “This will be one of the prime play areas in Scotland and it is expected to be widely used. There was a lot of community consultation and feedback about what would be required. This product has been selected because of durability and is expected to last for 40 years.”

She added it is hoped the project, which is being part-funded by sportscotland, will be a “great” attraction for youngsters.

Private tours of the Kelpies  in the Helix Park can be booked online   . The park opened with a  night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past . Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes . Download our free screensaver of the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth .

A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME launched both the opening of the John Muir Way and the international launch of The Kelpies prior to their opening to the public . On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks illuminated Helix Park, as thousands gathered round the iconic Kelpies for an extraordinary animation of the colossal 300 tonne, 30 metre-high sculptures backed by a pulsating soundtrack.

Groupe F – the pyrotechnic maestros who worked at Big in Falkirk as well as the Millennium illumination of the Eiffel Tower – brought the monuments to horse-powered heritage to life with a dazzling light, flame and sound performance.

Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed .

The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk, a short journey from Edinburgh Airport .  Visit the Kelpies by taxi with Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.

Sample fares –

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £35

Pick up point : Edinburgh city centre

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 40 minutes

Fare : £45

Pick up point : Glasgow city centre

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £50

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Falkirk Wheel

Journey time :  35 minutes

Fare : £40

Payment for the transfer can be made in cash or in advance by credit card . Phone 01324-883305 for more details.

Private tours of Falkirk can be booked online .