Falkirk is in Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Falkirk has no airport, but the nearest are the following:
- Edinburgh International Airport . (EDI) (19 mi/31km). Most overseas travellers will fly in via transfers at London's Heathrow or Gatwick Airports although you can now fly direct to Edinburgh from New York City and Atlanta and from major European hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt.
- Glasgow International Airport  (GLA) (34mi/55km) is an alternative airport for domestic and European flights, as well as a few transatlantic routes. There's a frequent shuttle bus from outside the terminal building to the city center, dropping off near both main railway stations (£3.30 single, £5.00 return; the journey takes about 20 minutes).
- Falkirk High Station on the main Glasgow to Edinburgh line, also stop at Linlithgow. 10 minutes walk from the town centre.
- Falkirk Grahamston Station which is on the Falkirk, Carronshore loop. This line also branches to Dunblane and Stirling. Less frequent trains also run to Edinburgh and Glasgow. 5 minutes from the city centre.
- Camelon Station is a minor station which lies on the same line as Falkirk Grahamston. Unlike the other Falkirk stations, trains don't stop as often here as they do at the other two stations. Trains go to Stirling and Edinburgh.
Visitors who fly in to Edinburgh Airport or Glasgow Airport can reach Falkirk by taxi . Airport taxi transfers to Falkirk take half an hour from Edinburgh Airport and 45 minutes from Glasgow Airport , depending on the time of day . Local taxi firms in Falkirk are cheaper than taxis or black cabs based at the airport .
Falkirk is mid way between Glasgow and Edinburgh and sits between the M8 motorway and the M9 motorway . The journey by taxi from Edinburgh Airport takes about half an hour
There are regular bus services to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.
Falkirk is serviced by the Grangemouth Docks on the Forth River where light cargo ships and coastal tankers call. No ferry or passenger-only services are available.
The Forth and Clyde canal and Union Canals both pass through Falkirk and have been opened to small boat traffic. It is possible to travel from the river Forth to the river Clyde via the canal.Canal boats can travel fron one side of Scotland to the other via the Falkirk Wheel.This is a boat lift which transfers boats from one level to the other ie from the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal
Falkirk town centre is fairly small so most of the main shops are within walking distance of the High Street. The bus service covers most of Falkirk . Most buses leave from Newmarket Street or the main bus station in Meadow Street.There are many taxi firms in Falkirk . The main taxi rank is in Lower Newmarket Street.
Falkirk Wheel in Operation
- The Falkirk Wheel . Built in 2001 to reconnect the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, it is the world's only rotating boat lift. Free entry to the visitor centre / cafe / gift shop. Boat trips up on the Wheel take about an hour, and cost £8.95 adults, £4.95 children (3 - 15 years), £7.95 concessions, children under 3 free. Half hourly buses from the town centre.
- Antonine Wall. Constructed during the reign of the roman Emperor Antonius Pius (138 AD - 161 AD) the wall runs across Scotland at its narrowest point between the Firth of Forth in the east and the River Clyde in the west. Although built to rival Hadrian's Wall , the emperor Antonius Pius succeeded, the wall was far less elaborate. Unlike its more solid southern counterpart, the Antonine Wall was built of turf fronted by a ditch 12 feet deep. The wall was 10 feet high and 14 feet wide and dotted with 29 small military forts linked by a road.As a defensive barrier the Antonine Wall did not fulfill its role for long. In 181 the northern tribes poured over the wall and pushed the Romans back to Hadrian's Wall. The Romans finally abandoned any hope of regaining the territory between the two walls in 196 AD. Antonine Wall facts:Length 37 miles (59km)Built 140-142 AD. You can see the site of the wall in the Kemper Avenue car park at the foot of the High st, just next to the ALDI supermarket and Calender park. The wall runs right through the middle of the town center or more accurately underneath the town center and several roman forts are dotted about the outskirts of the town.
- The Battle of Falkirk. Due to its location on one of the main routes north into the Highlands, Falkirk and Stirlingshire have been the site of many battles between the Scots and the English. Perhaps the most famous battle after Culloden and Bannockburn (just to the north of Falkirk) is the (first) Battle of Falkirk, 1298, where an English army commanded by Edward I defeated the Scots under William Wallace.
- The Shortest street in the UK, Tolbooth Street (spelled with one 'l'), is just off the High St just behind the Steeple.
- The Steeple is a clock tower the forms the center piece of the High St and is said to be the site of public hangings and floggings, although these take place somewhat infrequently these days.
- Falkirk Football Club, one of the largest draws to the Falkirk area is their SPL football team. Historically Falkirk FC played their home games at Brockville, which proved a stumbling block to SPL entry and was sold to the Morrison's supermarket chain, and have now moved to a purpose built stadium on the outskirts of town.
- The Kelpies, Helix Park, Falkirk, Scotland. The Kelpies weigh 300 tonnes each and are 30 metres (98ft) tall. They were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and are the largest Equine sculpture in the world. The Kelpies are mythological transforming beasts that normally take the shape of horses. They prey on any human they encounter! The Kelpies live in Scottish lochs and pools, including streams and canals. They can adopt a human form to prey on their victims. It is said that while in human form they retain their hooves. They can also sing to attract humans to ride on their backs. Once on their backs the victims cannot let go and are never seen again! The most famous of all Kelpies is the one that lives in Loch Ness, Scotland. edit
The retail outlets in the Falkirk area are: The Howgate Shopping Centre, Callendar Square Shopping Centre and the Retail Park. There are many independent retail shops in and around the Town Centre.
For food shopping or groceries, there is a Tesco in the Retail Park, an Asda in the Town Centre and a Morissons near the town centre.
Falkirk has several hotels that do typical restaurant fayre; plus there are many other restaurants and pubs that serve excellent grub, in and around the town centre.
- Benny T's, (between Falkirk Town Centre and Laurieston), ☎ 01324 678 730, . Excellent fish and chips. edit
- Sanam, Callendar Road (at the bottom end of the High Street). Decent Indian fare. edit
There are a few rundown areas in Falkirk that one should be aware of before visiting. Although Falkirk is generally safe there are a few places that can be unsafe, especially at night.
- Linlithgow - attractive town and castle on the way to Edinburgh, the train station, reached from either High Station or Grahamston is at the east end of the town.
- Bo'ness - Small town in the district, home to the Scottish Railway Preservation society, and the Bo'ness and Kinneil Steam Railway.
- Edinburgh - the capital city of Scotland, about 15 to 20 minutes away from Falkirk by train or by car.
- Stirling - a small city to the north of Falkirk. Has a large castle in its center.