Revolutionary new experience spins into action at The Falkirk Wheel

A brand new visitor experience has launched at the world’s only rotating boat lift, as the Revolution Tour opens to the public.

The Falkirk Wheel now boasts two separate tour offerings, with the Revolution Tour complimenting the Original Tour, bringing more choice to visitors from Scotland and further afield.

It’s hoped the new offering will encourage even more people to take a turn on The Falkirk Wheel in the years to come, with the profits generated by the attraction reinvested in safeguarding the rich heritage of Scotland’s 250-year-old canals.

“Over a decade since The Falkirk Wheel first opened its doors, the chance to see this iconic feat of engineering in action is still drawing huge numbers of visitors to the area, boosting the local economy whilst maintaining its status as a ‘must-see’ experience the world over.

“We are very excited to be able to add to the experience by offering a new tour to anyone visiting The Falkirk Wheel from this month onward. The original tour provided a once in a life time experience for millions – tourists and locals alike through the years, and the Revolution Tour will only strengthen the experience of visiting this world famous destination.”

She added: “The Falkirk Wheel is the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s canal network and the income it generates plays a vital role in safeguarding the rich heritage of the nation’s 250-year-old waterways. With the launch of the new tour comes more choice for our visitors which will provide more time for tourists and families to experience the other great attractions in the area. With other amazing attractions such as the Helix and The Kelpies nearby, the destination will have even more to offer than ever before.”

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

The Revolution Tour lasts approximately 35 minutes, and offers guests to The Falkirk Wheel to a full 360 degrees trip on the world’s only rotating boatlift. Once guests have boarded one of the site’s trip boats, the experience begins as the tour sails through the sky. Be prepared to welcome fantastic views across the rolling Falkirk countryside whilst a friendly guide offers an informative talk exploring the engineering behind the impressive structure.

The Original Tour takes approximately 60 minutes, and offers a trip to the top of The Wheel and along the 35 metre high aqueduct to the beginning of the Union Canal.

Both trips are fully accessible, and are free to children under five. Tours can be booked here.

As well as the opportunity to take a spin on The Falkirk Wheel with one of the boat trip offerings, the attraction also boasts a range of activities, from a cosy café and visitors centre, to water zorbing and play park, woodland walks and cycle routes, and Segway tours. The remains of the Antonine Wall – the northernmost fortification of the Roman Empire – can also be found nearby.

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Eden Morrison at Scottish Canals, on 07976 555 241 or email

Kimberley Manderson at Scottish Canals, on 07976 526 694 or email

Notes to the editor:

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract over 20million visits per year. See for more information

About the Falkirk Wheel

  • One of Scotland’s busiest tourist attractions, The Falkirk Wheel has welcomed more than six million visitors since its opening in 2002 and attracts tourists from all over the world keen to marvel at the working sculpture which combines modern engineering and technology with ancient principles set out by Archimedes more than 2000 years ago.
  • The Falkirk Wheel connected the two canals for the first time in over 60 years following the dismantlement of the 11 locks which previously connected the canals from 1822 until they were dismantled in 1933
  • The 35 metre tall structure only uses 1.5kWh of energy to turn – the same amount as it would take to boil eight household kettles

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