On this tour you will visit The Falkirk Wheel, the world's only rotatating boatlift. It is usually possible to experience this attraction for youself by taking a boat trip from the Forth / Clyde Canal Basin to the Union Canal and back and the Visitor Centre is also well worth a visit.
Following your time at the Falkirk Wheel a short drive will take us to The Helix, on the edge of Falkirk, where we will find The Kelpies towering over the surrounding area.. These are the largest equine sculptures in the world and their construction was completed in November, 2013. Each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and weighs over 300 tonnes. The sculptor who designed them was the Glasgow based Andy Scott. The guided tour is fascinating where you will get an insight into the myths surrounding these creatures, learn more about their construction and even go inside one of the sculptures.
After leaving The Kelpies we will drive to the ancient village of Culross, crossing the Firth of Forth at Kincardine on route. The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches' prison. The old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the calls of medieval street vendors selling their wares and the clang of hammers on metal as the Hammermen of Culross fashioned the famous girdles. Explore the beautiful refurbished Palace which dates from 1597 - imagine what it would have been like to live within the splendid interiors, featuring painted woodwork, and 17th- and 18th-century furniture. Take a wander around the reconstructed early 17th-century palace garden, perhaps meeting the Scots Dumpy hens. The most recent claim to fame for Culross is that it was mainly used as the fictional Cranesmuir in Outlander with the area around the Mercat cross being the most recognisable.
Our route then takes us further along the northern side of The Firth of Forth before we cross the Forth Road Bridge and view The Forth Rail Bridge. This bridge, which was completed in 1890, was given World Heritage Site Status in 2015.
Like all of our tours the choice is yours as to how you spend your day and, as you have total flexibilty, you can even change the itinerary during your tour. You can also spend as long as you wish at any attraction as you do not need to compromise and follow anyone elses agenda or timescale. This is one of the main benefits available to you when you choose your tour with Glascotours.