South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 6 Hours
Meals not included
In the 1700s, a staircase of eleven locks connected the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, but those locks were closed a century ago. As part of a Millennium initiative to encourage waterway usage, the Falkirk Wheel was designed and constructed to replace those locks, providing a 21st-century solution to relink the canals. The Wheel is a truly unique and awesome spectacle -- Scotland's most exciting example of modern engineering. More than just the world's first rotating boat elevator, the Falkirk Wheel is also a symbol heralding the dawn of Britain's new Canal Age. Its role may be simple, but its shape is far from conventional -- it is an eye-catching, working sculpture.
Embark a barge-style canal boat to experience a journey through a tunnel that cuts across a spectacular aqueduct and underneath the Roman Antonine Wall built in AD142. Upon your return, the canal seems to simply drop off the end, but in fact, your boat is gently lowered to the next level by the Falkirk Wheel. Boat elevators are nothing new -- the last one made in Britain was built in 1875. A rotating boat elevator, however, is totally unique, and the result is both awe-inspiring and beautiful.
Back on dry land, reboard the motorcoach and continue the short distance to Stirling. You will have free time here in the town to spend sightseeing, shopping or visiting the castle of great renown (at your own expense).
Tour sequence may vary.