So enjoy the best of both worlds with the flexibility of a Forth Boat Tours Falkirk Wheel Cruise around the Firth Of Forth. Take in views of the three bridges on your Forth Boat Tours cruise and travel on the Falkirk wheel itself (the world’s first and only rotating boat lift) with an Original Tour ticket. The trips can be flexibly taken the same day or on separate days (subject to availability).
FORTH BOAT TOURS
*For sailings during 1 November to 31 March see please our Timetable in order for more details.
THE FALKIRK WHEEL
In order, to book, The Falkirk Wheel Original Tour, email to pre-book your date and time. Importantly, please remember to quote your voucher code.
Easily exchange your voucher for your tour ticket at the ticket office on the day of your choice.
Please note that transport between venues is without question NOT included in your ticket.
Please note that transport between venues is not included in your ticket.
Relax on board with friends and family and slowly listen to the guided commentary. Or you simply enjoy a beverage or snack from the bar. Take in the spectacular views of the Three Bridges, while the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline appear to the south.
Explore the Kingdom of Fife to the north, the island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey, and the islands of Inchgarvie, Inchkeith, and Inchmickery. During your cruise simply look out for the abundance of marine wildlife. We regularly encounter a wide mix of seabirds and seals, and even the occasional porpoise.
Furthermore, The Falkirk Wheel is a unique rotating boat lift located in Scotland. It simply connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Interestingly, in addition were previously connected by a series of 11 locks which would previously take several hours to navigate.
The Falkirk Wheel Opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project, the Falkirk Wheel aims to restore the historic canals and waterways of Scotland. The wheel is a whopping 115 feet tall and but can easily lift up to eight boats at a time, impressively weighing a total of 600 tonnes, from one canal to the other in just four minutes.
Fascinatingly, the wheel simply works by using Archimedes’ principle of displacement. Basically, each boat is placed into one of the eight gondolas. Typically, these are then simply filled with water until they weigh the same as the canal basin below. The gondolas are then merely rotated around the central axis of the wheel, lifting the boats up to the height of the other canal. In turn, the process is then reversed in order to lower the boats down to the other side.
Moreover, the Falkirk Wheel is not only a feat of engineering, but also a popular tourist attraction. Indeed, you can take boat trips on the wheel and learn about its history and construction.< back