Best Western Park Hotel

Camelon Road, Falkirk, Scotland FK1
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Left luggage in Falkirk

by kevarms

Further to my earlier question about stopping off to see the Falkirk Wheel when travelling between Stirling and Edinburgh. I've just realised we will have a heavy bag with us!!!
Is there anywhere we can leave it while we are visiting the wheel? I've checked the train stations and none of them seem to have left luggage facilities. :(

Re: Left luggage in Falkirk

by lightbeamsblack

Hi, I'm sure the visitor centre would have somewhere you could leave your bags. I'd maybe get in touch to check

failing that you could try the Mariner Centre which isn't far from the wheel. It's a sports complex so I'm sure they will have lockers you could use if you explained your situation.

have fun!

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Falkirk Bairns

by zizkov

Falkirk FC, the professional football club of the town. Falkirk's inhabitants are known as Bairns and so are the team. Bairns is the Scottish term for young children, though no-one can prove conclusively why Falkirk's citizens are called that.

As a supporter of Stenhousemuir FC, I should just be rude and insulting about the Bairns, but I will try and be fair. I go to the occasional Falkirk game with friends. Besides, their recent history has had enough ineptitude, crookedness and near oblivion to make insults largely superfluous.

Brief history: founded 1876; joined Scottish League 1902; won Scottish Cup 1957 (against Kilmarnock); lost Scottish Cup final 1997 (against Kilmarnock); some time spent in all the divisions; in recent history denied promotion to top division three times, which left fans with a bit of a persecution complex.

This season, after only forty years of deliberation, Falkirk have moved to a new stadium at Westfield. Eyes were misty over the demise of the previous, very traditional , Brockville Park (now the site of a supermarket) - in its final days frequently described as 'atmospheric', ' characterful' and 'a proper football ground'. Previously more often described as 'crumbling', 'decrepit' and 'dangerous'. In typical Falkirk fashion, though, things haven't all gone smoothly, partly due to half of the ground being in the blast zone for Grangemouth, Scotland's largest petrochemicals area.

Update May 2005: Falkirk are Champions! (of Division 1). And this time they will actually be promoted! The SPL criteria for entrance were changed this year to requiring a 6000 seater stadium (previously 10 000). And after a race against time, the second stand gained its approval certificates on the last possible afternoon. Away fans will no longer have to watch from a wendy house. Falkirk won by 15 points and had the title more or less sewn up with two months to go - just as well, as they were rubbish towards the end of the season. Other season highlight - an 8-1 defeat by Celtic in the League Cup. Prices 2004/2005:

Adult £15
Concession £5/£10
Prime seats £18

Main pic is from the recent game between Falkirk and table-toppers Hearts (2.10.05). The game ended 2-2 : a good result, but Falkirk fans were gutted at losing a 90th minute goal. Hearts captain and Scottish international Steven 'Elvis' Pressley scored three goals (one in his own net) and Scottish international keeper Craig Gordon was sent off.

Featured is Russell Latapy, Falkirk's gifted, if unenergetic, Trinidad and Tobago international; Falkirk are shooting toward the gazebo end.

Callendar House - the Georgian Kitchen

by stevezero

It is a great surprise when you enter the door marked "kitchen" to be greeted by the cook, who guides you through her daily chores, just as they were 200 years ago. You are given demonstrations of the kitchen's exhibits, and invited to taste the days cooking. When we were there it was jam tarts, and very nice and home madew they ere too!.

And all this for free.......

Absolutely fascinating piece of human ingenuity

by kathymof

"The boat lift to beat all boat lifts"

The Falkirk Wheel is a revolving boat lift - apparently the only one in the world. It is very much worth a visit if you are near Stirling. It is a true feat of engineering and human ingenuity. It was done as a millenium project and now connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal - thus restoring a very traditional means of transport in interior Scotland. What is especially nice is it takes only a few minutes to raise a boat with the lift where it would take almost a full day to use the locks that were used in the past.

The wheel replaces 11 locks. It is so perfectly balanced that it takes only 16 watts of energy (I think this is what we were told) to turn the wheel. The lift closes around the boats that have entered and essentially creates a big "bathtub". The water that is displaced by the boat allows the weight of both sides to equalize - it uses two counterbalanced "bathtubs".

You can take a ride on a canal boat that is lifted by the wheel. Then you go on a short ride on the canal - you get to go through a tunnel. It is great fun for all ages. And a real plus is that it is simply beautiful and graceful - I could stand there and just watch it forever.

Be sure to check out the Falkirk Wheel website at - follow the links as there is lots to learn about this wonder of the modern world.


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