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The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel

Queen Elizabeth II opened the Falkirk Wheel on 24th May 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations. The opening had been delayed by a month due to flooding caused by vandals who forced open the Wheel's gates.



In 2003 whilst on a narrowboat holiday we bought the August issue of Waterways World, and the main feature was the Falkirk Wheel.  It was then that we decided that we would have to take a trip to Scotland and sample it for ourselves.


As you may be able to notice on our photographs the weather left a lot to be desired, but we had gone to enjoy ourselves, and we weren’t going to let the rain stop us.

We arrived at the Wheel just after 1.00 clock on the 19th September 2006, made enquiries about the boat trip and decided that we would do that tomorrow the 20th.  We stayed for a short while before going to Falkirk where we spent the night.

All photographs were taken during this two day visit so please ignore the incorrect date/time stamps on some of the them.


Exiting the wheel after rising from the Forth & Clyde Canal, but before joining the original (Edinburgh & Glasgow) Union Canal you pass through the Rough Castle (Roughcastle)  tunnel, turn left and up through the staircase locks 1 and 2 and onto Greenbank, the original canal, and where the original 11 locks decended to Port Downie Basin.


The south portal of the tunnel



To the north portal


The south portal