Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 8 Hours
Meals not included
Almost 100 years ago, a series of 11 locks connected the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. As part of a Millennium initiative to encourage waterway usage, the Falkirk Wheel boat elevator was designed and constructed to replace the locks and reconnect the two canals far more efficiently. Boat elevators are nothing new -- the last one made in Britain was built in 1875. A rotating boat elevator, however, is quite unique, and the result is both awe-inspiring and beautiful. The Falkirk Wheel is Scotland's most exciting example of modern engineering and is also a symbol heralding the dawn of Britain's new Canal Age. The Wheel's role may be simple, but its shape is far from conventional -- it is an eye-catching, working sculpture.
Embark a simple barge-like canal boat to experience a journey up the boat-elevator, across an aqueduct and through a tunnel underneath the Antonine Wall, built by the Romans in AD 142. Upon your return, the canal literally ends in mid-air, but your boat is gently lowered to the next level by the Falkirk Wheel.
Back on dry land, rejoin the motorcoach and continue the short distance to Stirling City -- you will have free time here to spend sightseeing, shopping or visiting the castle of great renown (at your own expense).
Lunch is not included. You will have time to purchase lunch at your own expense during the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes.