The Falkirk Wheel

Posted on: June 20th, 2014

The Falkirk Wheel

I love the Falkirk Wheel it is an amazing structure which works seemingly effortlessly and certainly silently. We recently travelled on it on our canal boat holiday (which I wrote about last week). It is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres, but the Union Canal is still 11 metres higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel, we passed through a pair of locks to get between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world. I think it is quite beautiful as well as practical. We had visited several times as tourists going on the tour boat and walking around all of the lovely footpaths, but the experience of being in our own hired boat going through the locks was very special and one we will not forget. The silent movement is amazing and as the view changes incrementally you receive hundreds of different perspectives on the wheel.

http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/