Should Falkirk be Your Next Day Trip from Edinburgh?

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If you are strapped for ideas to entertain the family this weekend in our fine capital, it might be high time to head beyond the city walls to discover something new. Just 23 miles north-west of Edinburgh sits the charming town of Falkirk in the heart of Stirlingshire’s Forth Valley.

Falkirk used to be at the heart of Scotland’s iron and steel industry but now it relies heavily on retail and its tourism sector. Back in 2011, this place was voted as Scotland’s most beautiful town in a survey conducted by STV and it’s not hard to see why when you consider the following sights and sounds on offer in Falkirk.

The Falkirk Wheel: A feat of engineering

Whether you’re a sucker for architecture and engineering or you enjoy spending time on the canals, take a trip to the Falkirk Wheel to discover this unique rotating boat lift. This is part of a regeneration plan to reconnect Edinburgh with Glasgow, overseen by British Waterways, with support from various other local authorities. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal and opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link blueprint.

Callendar House: Falkirk’s most historic building

The basis of Callendar House dates back to the 14th century and was subsequently upgraded back in 1877, fusing French Renaissance style with Scottish baronial architecture. This stunning category A listed building is fast becoming a key heritage centre for Falkirk, boasting an art, history and historic house museum.

Falkirk Stadium: Home of Scottish Championship side Falkirk FC

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If you’re a football neutral and you enjoy the buzz of watching live action, take a trip to the Falkirk Stadium to watch Paul Hartley’s Falkirk FC side that play in the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship. The club flits between the Scottish Championship and the Scottish Premiership historically and the Bairns – the club’s nickname – are looking to get back to the top flight of Scottish football in the 2018/19 season.

Buzz Bingo: One of only five Buzz Bingo halls in the UK

If the weather is not so inviting and you’re looking for something fun to do indoors, take a trip to Falkirk’s Buzz Bingo hall in the heart of the town centre. It’s one of only five bingo halls operated by Buzz Bingo across the UK to date so, if you’re into your bingo and fancy trying somewhere different, it ticks all the right boxes.

Scottish Segway Centre: Explore the nearby woodlands and scenery

Segway is a fun outdoor activity that people of all ages can enjoy. A Segway is self-balancing, which means that you don’t need to have any experience of riding one to give it a try. Simply stand on your Segway and lean steadily forwards when you want to move. Falkirk’s Scottish Segway Centre offers up guided tours from Helix Park every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays.

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway: A scenic 10-mile steam train ride along the Forth Estuary

Bo’ness is a four-star-rated attraction by Visit Scotland, just a stone’s throw from Falkirk. Here, you can hop aboard a vintage steam or diesel-hauled train along the picturesque ten-mile stretch of the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. If you’re travelling with youngsters, be sure to head to the Museum of Scottish Railways and keep your eyes peeled for one-off events, such as visits by Thomas the Tank Engine himself.

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