Scotlands History

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a state-of-the-art rotating boat lift that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal.  The Falkirk Wheel has become an iconic symbol of 21st century engineering in Scotland.

The Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal were restored by the ambitious £84.5m Millennium Link project. The Falkirk Wheel cost £17.5m to create.

Until 1933 the two canals were linked by a set of 11 locks. Today, canal boats on the Forth and Clyde Canal are lifted up 35m (115ft) to the Union Canal.

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Falkirk Wheel on 24 May 2002 during her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

  • Photograph of the Falkirk Wheel

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