Linlithgow to The Falkirk Wheel

Following a route through a mixture of open countryside and settlements, over aqueducts and under tunnels, the Union Canal takes you from the heart of historic Linlithgow to the iconic Falkirk Wheel.

Access: Linlithgow canal basin can be accessed from the town’s train station. See for train times. The canal basin is situated behind and over the railway line.

Start: Linlithgow Canal Basin and Canal Centre, Manse Road, EH49 6AJ. The ride starts on the north side of the Union Canal.

Return: From the Falkirk Wheel, access Falkirk High station for the train back to Linlithgow.

Distance: 18km / 11 miles

Terrain: Flat traffic-free path along the Union Canal; mix of tarmac, gritted tarmac, cobblestones and rougher trail; and two tunnels.

Bikes: Hybrid and mountain bikes.


  • Picturesque Linlithgow Canal Basin with a museum and tearoom
  • Boat trips offered by the canal society in summer months
  • Access to Linlithgow Palace, owned by Historic Scotland
  • Fine aqueducts and impressive tunnels
  • Iconic boatlift, The Falkirk Wheel
  • Callendar House, near Falkirk

Cycling options:

  •  It is possible to shorten this route, for example at Polmont, where you can access a train to Linlithgow=


  • Tea room at Linlithgow Union Canal Society
  • Bridge 49 Café
  • The Falkirk Wheel café