Falkirk has a fascinating history and some striking attractions. It was here, at the impressive Antonine Wall, that the Roman occupiers drove back the warlike Picts. You can visit parts of the wall and imagine the fierce battles between the Romans and early Scottish natives over this strategic location.
In the late 18th century Falkirk was an important industrial town because of its network of canals linking Glasgow and Edinburgh, but with the arrival of the railways, the town's fortunes flagged. The canals have been brought back to life with the Millennium Link Project, which has revived the waterways with the spectacular Falkirk Wheel, a boat lift that has become a major visitor draw, and the Kelpies Country Park. The restored canal side towpaths are now a network of cycle paths and walking routes; you can hire a bike at the Wheel and cycle to the Kelpies.