The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, linking both the Forth and Clyde Canal and Union Canal through iconic engineering. Since 2002 when The Falkirk Wheel opened, Scottish Canals has undertaken a regular programme of maintenance and improvement to this canal asset to preserve it for the future and improve customer experience.

In 2021 we will be making some lighting improvements on the wheel itself and around the site, to enhance customer experience. All new lighting will be LED and low energy in line with our Environmental Strategy 2015-25. Works will begin in February 2021 and will see lighting installed in the Roughcastle Tunnel, along the aqueduct, arches and wheel structure itself. There will also be lighting installed over our new mini golf experience.

There will be minimal disruption to customers during this period of works, however the lighting improvements at Roughcastle Tunnel will require us to close the towpath through the tunnel. We will communicate exact closure dates once these have been confirmed.

Update 4th March 2021

Work on the Roughcastle Tunnel lighting is due to complete next week, however we will still be progressing with lighting improvements throughout The Falkirk Wheel site until the end of March 2021. This includes work on the aqueduct and wheel itself.

Update 27th January 2021

In order to carry out lighting works, the Roughcastle Tunnel will be closed from Monday 8th February 2021 for fourweeks.  The closure is in place to fit new architectural lighting along the roof of the tunnel. Works are due to be completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

A diversion will be put in place and signposted.

We will update this page as works progress.


Points of Interest

Use the legend to find things to do around the The Falkirk Wheel