From our canal boat holiday base in Falkirk you can explore Scotland which is famous for its historic castles, traditional Highland games, lochs and of course it's whisky heritage. Visit Scotland and you will discover the country is a fantastic mix of stunning landscapes, historic castles, iconic architecture and cities full of culture.
Our base in Scotland is situated right beside the Falkirk Wheel visitor centre on Forth and Clyde Canal so a trip on the Wheel is right on the doorstep. The Falkirk Wheel has become known as the Eight Wonder of the Waterways and is a significant landmark raising above the Carron Valley. Rising 115 feet into the air this unique engineering feat carries canal boats to and from the Union and Forth and Clyde Canal.
Visit Edinburgh on a canal boat holiday and you will discover a city packed with history, tradition and culture. Edinburgh Castle is situated at the top of the Royal Mile where the fortress itself holds the honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, and the Stone of Destiny. The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. The mechanics of the Camera Obscura are a cross between a giant pinhole camera and a periscope and your guide will tilt the mirror to give a 360 tour of the city. Access to the Scottish Parliament is free and once inside visitors can experience first hand the architectural splendours of the building.
Our Dynamic Earth is among Edinburgh's best attractions and once inside visitors find themselves on an amazing journey of discovery through time. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queens official Scottish residence and is located at the very bottom of the Royal Mile next to Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat. Greyfriars Bobby is a statue that honours a devoted Skye terrier who mourned his master, standing guard over his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard for 14 years.
At the Scotch Whisky Experience take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky making process. A whisky expert will show you how to nose and adults are able to taste four single malt whiskies from each of Scotland's four main Whisky-producing regions. Situated within the Princess Street Garden is the Scott Monument which commemorates the writer Sir Walter Scott. There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
Glasgow and is the envy of many European cities for its amazing choices of restaurants and cafés and shopping opportunities.
Throughout the city of Glasgow you will see many examples of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868 and went on to become a world-renowned artist, architect and designer. The breathtaking Science Mall is a stunning crescent overlooking the River Clyde and the three floors are packed with hundreds of interactive exhibits.
With free admission The Transport Museum depicts the history of transport on road, rail and sea over the centuries. The museum houses steam locomotives, electric and horse drawn trams, buses and cars. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the heart of the city centre and shares a building with the City Central library. This iconic building was once the centre for for business and commercial exchange where information and goods were traded.
Glasgow Cathedral is built on the site where St Kentigern the first bishop within the ancient british kingdom of Strathclyde was thought to have been buried in AD 612. The present cathedral was built during the 13th to 15th centuries and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete. The People’s Palace is a social history museum which gives visitors a chance to see the story of the people of Glasgow from 1750 to the present day.
Currency: Scottish pound and Sterling
Saint: St. Andrew
Saints day: 30th November
Flag: Flag of Saint Andrew
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit - No one attacks me with impunity
Longest River: River Tay
Temperature/weather: It can be sunny one day and rainy the next so the weather in Scotland is never easy to forecast. July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland and January and February are normally the coldest. Generally, Scotland is more cloudy than England, due mainly to the hilly nature of the terrain and the proximity of low-pressure systems from the Atlantic.