Monday, 3 October 2011

Falkirk Wheel

I'm a bit behind in my blog posts. We have been busy looking into areas to live, dealing with stomach bugs and generally just doing normal day to day life. There aren't many attractions in Falkirk, but we managed to visit the Falkirk Wheel which is an amazing rotating boat lift that joins the Forth and Union canals. The area around the Wheel has been developed to include a children's playground, and area where kids can experiment with sand and water, another area for walking on water in giant plastic balls (think Zorbing but on water) and a decent sized cafe which is right next to the lift. It's only about 10 mins drive from where we live which is great for taking the little one though the £2 parking charge will limit how often we do this - I know it's not a huge amount but our little one is definitely into Cafe Culture and likes to have her cake and eat it too. After scoffing our faces, we got her to wheel her bike around the paths circling the Wheel and then down to the Canal looking at the lovely canal boats moored along the way. Her little legs were tired so we didn't manage to get onto the Woodland Walk paths leading to the Antonine Wall - however, all in all, a lovely day out right in our neighbourhood.


Shaheen said...

Falkirk Wheel is good, I like looking at the wheel from the distance, not on it - its not that satisfying. They were due to be launching large mosaic horses coming out of the water somewhere thereabout, but I haven't heard much since last year when I saw the awesome design in one of the Scottish papers. That would def. bring me back to Falkirk.

Plummy Mummy said...

That's the Helix Project due open in 2013

Something beautiful is definitely needed near Grangemouth which is a depressing looking town. We drove through on Sunday as a recce of places to live. The oil refinery brings lots of jobs but boy, I wouldn't want it on my doorstep. And it's such a shame you can see it from so many places on the Firth of Forth.