This massive beast is called the Falkirk Wheel. It is a large boat lift and the only one in the world. In the thirties, the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals were linked by a staircase of 11 locks which took nearly a day to transit. Those were dismantled in 1933. But they still needed a way to link the 2 canals, so in 2002 the world’s first and only rotating boat lift was opened by Her Majesty, The Queen.
So we decided to take a ride in it. The cost was about $35 USD for both of us, for roughly a 45 min ride. We made reservations on line and depending on the time of year you could probably just walk up to the counter.
It’s a big boat that holds about 50-60 people-ish. Since it’s a working lock, you do have to wait for other boats to pass, which was the case for us. Since we weren’t moving it did get a bit warm in the boat but luckily the windows open. We only knew that because some brave soul decided to try it. Anyway, once you get moving the boat just goes up like a giant elevator.
At the top, is another canal where you start your trek. It was a bit of a disappointment because it seems like we only went about a 100 yards and turned around.
Not what we were expecting at all, for some reason I thought we would be cruising a lot farther down the canal. You do go through a few tunnels because there is a park above it which is kind of cool. But actually, you spend most of your time waiting for other boats to pass.
That’s it. There is some narration that gives info on the wheel. Was it worth it? Hmmm…yes if all you are expecting is a ride up and down the wheel. Unfortunately, we thought it was a ride down the canal too.
But, I am glad we did it because we have seen the wheel many times. We have always wondered what it was like to ride it….now we know ✔️.