How do I get to the Falkirk Wheel?

On the Map
OS X 285200
OS Y 680115
Nearest Post Code FK1 4LS
Lat (WGS84) N56:00:01 ( 56.000196 )
Long (WGS84) W3:50:32 ( -3.842345 )
LR NS852801

Map location of the Falkirk Wheel















By Car:
From Edinburgh take the M9 exiting at Junction 5 for Falkirk.

Take the first turning off the large roundabout (straight ahead) and you will pass the Klondyke Garden Centre on your left.

Follow this road straight until the 2nd mini roundabout and take the second exit (A9). You will pass by the Fire Station on your left.

At the next roundabout go straight on and follow signs for Camelon and the Mariner Centre (brown tourist board signs).

On the other side of Falkirk town you will come to the Rosebank Roundabout with the Beefeater Restaurant facing you (the Rosebank is an old brewery building restored as a restaurant).

You have the choice of turning left then immediately right and heading towards Tamfourhill - follow the signage from here. Alternatively take right and head out of Camelon towards Glasgow and the Park & Ride area.

The Tamfourhill route from the Rosebank roundabout is take the first exit (left) and almost immediately you hit another smaller roundabout. From here take the second exit signposted to the Wheel (you will drive alongside the canal on your right). Follow this road and straight through a mini roundabout (you can see the Union Inn ahead and to your right). Ahead of you take a right turn into Tamfourhill Road (signposted for the Antonine Wall). Continue along this road until you arrive at the Lime Road entrance to the Falkirk Wheel to the right.

This is a tricky little mini-roundabout and for the last 200 metres the road is virtually single file so take care.


Motorway map to the Falkirk Wheel

















From Glasgow take the A80 to the north of Castlecary and join the M876 towards Stirling.

Follow this to Junction 1 and follow the signs for Falkirk - watch this off road as it is a 'severe' left hand bend - and to the A883 and take left at the junction.

You will almost immediately come to a large roundabout and again follow the signs for Falkirk A883 (straight through).

Approximately 4 kilometres on and you will see the new Park & Ride area to your right and the new roundabout.

The Park & Ride gives direct access to the Falkirk Wheel and is free parking.

Alternatively you can drive through into Camelon until you reach the Mariner Centre and a large roundabout about 100 yards further on. From here drive straight on towards Falkirk town and until you reach the Rosebank Beefeater restaurant on your right. At this roundabout take the directions as the previous paragraph (from Edinburgh).

From Stirling, Plean or Larbert follow the signs for Falkirk and Camelon and the A9.

As you enter Camelon (A803) take first the right and towards the Park & Ride area or left at the roundabout and follow the directions above to the Rosebank Beefeater.

By Rail and Bus: There are three rail stations - Grahamston, Falkirk High and Camelon which have regular services to Glasgow - Edinburgh and Stirling for destinations North.

The easiest connection to buses for the Falkirk Wheel is Falkirk High Station and from here a regular bus services run to the Wheel.

From Camelon station it is only a 20 to 30 minute walk to the Wheel.

The Falkirk Wheel is on a bus route from Falkirk Grahamston (at the ASDA store) and from Falkirk High stations.

The First Bus, Service 3 (red Line) runs approximately every 20 minutes directly to The Wheel Site, alighting at Lime Road.

First Bus also operates service 98/298 every 15 minutes from Falkirk Town Centre directly to The Wheel. Alight at the top of Tamfourhill Road at the Lime Road stop. This is the last stop and from here it is a short walk into the site of the Wheel and it is well signposted. There is a fairly steep hill down to the Visitor Centre and it may present problems for the not so nimble on the way back up.

Alternatively, for up to date bus times to and from Falkirk stations contact the 'Busline' on 01324 613777.


Car parking at the Falkirk Wheel















If Your Walking or Cycling: The easiest and quickest route is from Camelon rail station.

Leave the station and walk up to the main Glasgow Road and to the pedestrian crossing. (300 metres) Cross and turn left towards Camelon and continue into the town until you come to Union Road on your right. (500 metres) Follow this uphill to the roundabout and the bridge over the Forth & Clyde canal. (400 metres). From here you have the choice of walking or cycling along the F&C towpath and crossing at the Wheel site using the swing bridge - approx 2 Kilometres

Alternatively you can walk/cycle across the canal and continue uphill to Tamfourhill Road and along the Antonine Wall to the Lime Road entrance. - approx 2 and a half Kilometres

Or even further up the hill, past the Hurlet public house, you can join the Union canal and walk this towpath until the South Basin and tunnel are reached. This brings you through the tunnel onto the Aqueduct and a spectacular glimpse of the Wheel with the Ochil Hills in the background - approx 3 and a half Kilometres

Walking is also possible from Falkirk High rail station. From the station platform follow the signs and directions to find the towpath on the Union Canal. From the far end of the car park you will find stairs and a tunnel under the railway line will bring you out to the towpath. Follow the towpath Westwards until the South basin and the tunnel entrance to the Aqueduct above the Falkirk Wheel site - approximately 4 and a half Kilometres

Cyclists & Walkers BE AWARE:- The Falkirk Wheel site currently closes at 6.30pm and as far as we know the Rough Castle Tunnel is locked off and the swingbridge is pulled in. This means there is no access to cross the canal at the Falkirk Wheel and the nearest crossing is at the Union Inn in Camelon.