Jewel of the Forth valley
As I mentioned in my introduction page, I am sure that Falkirk is a wonderful place with much to offer. My visit, however, was for a very specific reason. Like most people, I had never heard of the Falkirk Wheel. Recently, a friend told me about it and I was instantly fascinated by the concept. I am an unashamedly huge fan of canals and canal...more
After visiting the Falkirk Wheel, walk a short trail to the top of the hill and see the Antoine Wall, the remains of a Roman sod wall and ditch that extended from Falkirk to the West Coast. It was the northern terminus of the Roman Empire in the UK. You will see the wall, ditch, the site where the Roamn fort, Rough Castle, was located. The best...more
Engineers will love this attraction. Two Scottish canals, the Forth and Clyde and the Union, intersect here at different elevations of more than one hundred feet. The engineering solution to move canal boats from one to the other was to construct a giant wheel, similar in concept to a Ferris Wheel, which uses Archimedes Principle and...more
Callendar House is set amidst the rolling greensward of Callendar Park, to the southeast of Falkirk town centre. As the blurb puts it 'open the door and explore six hundred years of Scottish history'. The House itself is a big pile that for years no-one really knew what to do with and was, I believe, in danger of demolition, although the...more
This is something recommeneded by my mother - I have yet to visit it, even though it is from my part of Scotland. I understand it is very busy - the 2008 opening hours are shown below:1st January - 2nd January 2008 - CLOSED3rd January - 6th January 2008 10:00 - 16:307th January - 1st February 2008 - CLOSED DUE TO ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORK2nd...more
Think it is more intresting for people who like engeering. the wheel is impressing but the boattrip was very short. other thing was it was raining. from the parking place it is i think 10 minutes walk depends where you park. so that makes you soaking wet.probably this place would be a lot nicer when the sun shines.opening times 20073rd feb - 31...more
The first church on this site, probably dates from the 7th Century. The square tower dates from a building around 1450. An octaconal tower was added in 1733. The main church was reconstructed in 1811. the lower part of the church contained the burial ground of the Livingston family of nearby Callendar House.more
The present steeple is the third structure to grace this site. The first was built in the 16th Century. Its replacement lasted until 1803, which was demolished due to subsidence.The present steeple was completed in 1814 at a cost of £1460. It was built from local sandstone and stands about 42 m high. A top section had to be replaced when it was...more
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...more
Callendar House has played a major part in Scottish history over the years and is probably now the second most visited place in Fa.lkirk. It is a magnificent building modelled on a French chateau. A castle has been on the site since the 13thcentury.The house was built by the great industrialist William Forbes in 1783 , and whose descendants lived...more
An alterantive trip via the falkirk Wheel is offered by a narrow boat. It i cludes an extra set of lcoks and costs £9.00 - probably better value than from the visitor centre actually.the boat is moored on the Forth and Clyde canal just as you walk up from the main car park. Minimum passenger numbers apply.more
The Visitor Centre (right in photo) provides visitor access to the Falkirk Wheel. Admission is free and you get great views of the wheel and of ascending and descending boats, It is hard to resist the temptation to take a boat trip yourself though!The visitor centre also has a shop, selling all manner of thngs to do with the wheel and other...more
Main Street, Camelon, Falkirk, FK1 4DS, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
DO NOT STAY IF YOU VALUE YOUR HEALTH, LOOK OUT FOR THE REPORT IN THE LOCAL PAPER,,, I HAVE NEVER...more
Kemper Avenue, Falkirk, SC, FK1 1UF, GB
Good for: Solo
Ok this place isn't cheap but the old saying you get what you pay for is very true in this case.
Some people might think that the restaurant could do with being re-decorated but I think that might take away the cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
The Service is brilliant and the quality and choice of food is amazing.
The place is always full at weekends so be sure to book a table.
A must if you are in the Falkirk area.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish which is on the normal menu is Steak and green pepper sauce... Very tasty, always a great steak
Do not miss the side order of garlic mushrooms. Delicous....
There are always lots of good specials on offer, fish in particular.
The desserts are amazing too, and the cheese board has a large selection of the best cheeses.
Behind the Wall is a fair-sized, homegrown, multivenue, with two bars (including real fire, conservatory, Eglesbrech real ale bar, music and sports bar areas), microbrewery and restaurant.
Variety of beers including their own brews from their own microbrewery, a changing range only available in the pub, as far as I know; other real ales (good support for Scottish ales) and a good bottled range including eg Erdinger Dunkel Weisse.
Food from the Global Kitchen, Tex Mex and more, with an outdoor terrace (outdoors! in Scotland?? They have heaters).
Very busy at weekends, sometimes queues. Downstairs weekend evenings are very much pre-club. Live bands (currently weekly or so) usually free, but sometimes a charge. These are upstairs, along with the Eglesbrech, which can be accessed through the downstairs or via its own entrance up the lane on the left.
Also big supporters of Falkirk FC (currently Scottish Premierleague).
Awarded Sunday Mail Pub of the Year award 2003.
I'm not in that often, but always a good (and usually drunken) time. Last visit, I saw Maiden Scotland, the Scottish Iron Maiden tribute band, and a rocking good time was had.
Dress Code: Casual weekdays and daytimes, weekends will likely see jeans/trainers wearers sent to Firkins.
The trip to Falkirk from Edinburgh is not a hard trip. Most of the trip is on the Motorway and then a small two lane road once you get into Falkirk. Then a bit of a drive (through the town) to the site of the Wheel. As only having traveled to Scotland once before I found it very easy to make this trip and it took approximately 45 minutes. I rented...more
Frequent regular trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Falkirk Grahamston is the town centre station (also served from Stirling).If you take the fast train, this stops at Falkirk High, which is about a mile uphill from the centre. It is also right by the canal, and the big canal tunnel (see tip).Some Grahamston trains also stop at Camelon, which is...more
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I remember as a youngster hearing a song entitled "The pub with no beer" and thought that was a slightly odd concept. Should you be vaguely interested, here are the lyrics.
"Oh it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night we'll hear the wild dingoes call
But there's-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer
Now the publican's anxious for the quota to come
And there's a far away look on the face of the bum
The maid's gone all cranky and the cook's acting queer
Oh what a terrible place is a pub with no beer
Then the stockman rides up with his dry dusty throat
He breasts up to the bar and pulls a wad from his coat
But the smile on his face quickly turns to a sneer
As the barman says sadly the pub's got no beer
Then the swaggie comes in smothered in dust and flies
He throws down his roll and rubs the sweat from his eyes
But when he is told, he says what's this I hear
I've trudged fifty flamin' miles to a pub with no beer
Now there's a dog on the v'randa, for his master he waits
But the boss is inside drinking wine with his mates
He hurries for cover and he cringes in fear
It's no place for a dog 'round a pub with no beer
And old Billy the blacksmith, the first time in his life
Why he's gone home cold sober to his darling wife
He walks in the kitchen, she says you're early Bill dear
But then he breaks down and tells her the pub's got no beer
Oh it's hard to believe that there's customers still
But the money's still tinkling in the old ancient till
The wine buffs are happy and I know they're sincere
When they say they don't care if the pub's got no beer
So it's-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night we'll hear the wild dingoes call
But there's-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear "
I visited Falkirk for the specific purpose of visiting the Falkirk Wheel (see seperate tip on this page) but before I got there my travelling companion had a little business to attend to and so I thought a quick pint would be in order. I had spotted the Coppertop establishment nearby and told my friend to meet me there shortly. As you can see from the image on this tip, it clearly says "bar and restaurant" on the outside. In the UK, this means a place you can eat, have an alcoholic drink, or both.
I walked in and noticed that the place was tidy, spotlessly clean although pretty quiet at that hour of the day and midweek in April. I went to the bar and asked for a pint of cider. It was then that things went wrong. The young lady behind the bar, smartly dressed and friendly, asked politely if I was dining. I informed her I wasn't and she (again very politely) that due to a recent change in the licensing condidions they could only serve me alcohol if I was eating. I have been drinking round the UK for many years which will come as no surprise to my more regular readers but I have never encountered such a situation before. The young lady explained that it was a condition imposed by the local licensing justices, I know not why but they must have had their reasons. I should stress again that the young lady was extremely polite and apologetic, even directing me to a rival place nearby where I could have a drink and I have nothing at all against the establishment but it just appears that the Coppertop is not quite what it may appear to be.
Should you want to visit for a meal, I have included details. It looked a nice enough little place and you may want to try it.
It is difficult to know where to place this tip as the location in question is pretty much in the middle of nowhere in Central Scotland. I have decided on Falkirk as it is situated in that Council area.A friend had told me about a really strange place called the Pineapple in Central Scotland. A pineapple in the Scottish climate? That surprised me....more
Due to the fact that vessels displace their own weight in water, the gondolas which carry vessels up and down weigh no more when full of boats than when they are empty, thus, in a perfectly balanced structure, little force is required to operate it.I believe it costs less to operate than two bars of an electric firemore
Falkirk would seem an unlikely place to find what is fast becoming a major tourist attraction, but tourist attraction there is.Scotlands' network of canals, that once linked edinburgh and Glasgow, rivers Clyde and Forth and provided a route inland for the delivery of goods from around the world as well as providing a fast route from the atlantic to...more
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.
Equipment: Prices 2004/2005:
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.