Falkirk is a town in Scotland's central belt, located between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the Forth Valley.
Falkirk is famous for its engineering masterpiece the giant Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift. The wheel transports boats the 115 ft between the different levels of the Union, and Forth and Clyde canals. You can ride on the wheel, and learn all about it at a visitor centre.
Falkirk is alive with history. The Antonine Wall, dating from the 2nd century, marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. You can experience Victorian life at the impressive mansion of Callendar House, which stands in the attractive Callendar Park.
The 15th century fortress Blackness Castle made the perfect setting for the film version of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. In a real-life tragedy, the army of William Wallace fell to the English under Edward I at Falkirk in 1298 but in 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Hanoverians in the other battle of Falkirk.
Find out all about the area's industrial heritage at Grangemouth Museum, and look out for the unusual Dunmore Pineapple at Airth. Travel on a steam train on a seven-mile round trip along the southern shore of the Forth at Bo'ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, which boasts Scotland's largest collection of railway artefacts.