Exploring Falkirk

A great town to visit, whether for shopping, eating out, exploring the heritage trail or visiting fantastic attractions such as the Falkirk Wheel and Callander House. Falkirk is the ideal centrally located base from which to explore the Forth Valley. There are many historical sites and relics to visit, including the impressive Antonine Wall, built by the Roman Army around AD142. The wall was constructed to defend the area from northern tribes. Half of the wall, stretching 15 miles, still lies within the boundaries of Falkirk Council along with the remains of Roman Forts, Fortlets and Roads. The Antonine Wall has recently been awarded ‘World Heritage’ status.

Falkirk and the surrounding area is home to many castles and towers remaining from Medieval times. Well worth a visit are: Blackness Castle, now a Historic Scotland property and 5 star visitor attraction (follw the A904 east of Falkirk); Torwood Castle which is not open to the public as a visitor attraction but is great for taking photos and walking around the walls and main buildings; Almond Castle, a 14th Century relic, situated just behind Muiravonside Parish Church in Whitecross, Linlithgow; 14th Century Airth Castle which is now operated as a luxury hotel and spa.

Bo’ness, just 7 miles East of Falkirk town centre was Scotland’s 3rd largest port in the 17th Century, opening up trade opportunities for merchants to the wider world. Bo’ness is home to some key visitor attractions including the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway and the Bo’ness Motor Museum both of which are a real treat for those with an avid interest in the history of road and rail transportation.