This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Falkirk. To help you make friends with Falkirk before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Falkirk is located in the south of Scotland, half an hour's drive from Edinburgh and three quarters of an hour from Glasgow. Although most people just pass by here to have a glimpse of the Falkirk Wheel, a monumental rotating boat lift with an adjoining museum and visitor centre, there are in fact a variety of other worthwhile attractions in the area.
First of all, definitely a nice destination for a daytrip is Callendar House, a historic building dating back to the fourteenth century that was renovated and turned into a stately home during the nineteenth century. With such visitors staying within its walls as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, it is definitely one of the most significant historic buildings near Falkirk.
Secondly, the remains of Antonine's Walls that date back to the second century AD are to be found not far away from Falkirk as well. A similar construction like Hadrian's Wall in Northern England, this wall was preserved to a lesser extent, but a marker of the most northerly border of the Roman Empire, this sixty-three-kilometre construction commemorates an important era in history.
Last but not least, the city of Falkirk is proud of its Kelpies statues. Created by Andy Scott in recent years, the thirty-metre horse head statues celebrate the importance of horse power in the history of Scotland. As the Forth and Clyde Canal runs through the city, another popular activity is cycling along the canal and watching the boats pass by as well.
Although definitely not amongst the top-ten attractions of Scotland, if you have more time or are specifically interested in this region, you might want to stop over here for a few days. Although your options for hostels in Falkirk are extremely limited, an option might be coming here on a daytrip from either Edinburgh or Glasgow as the city is well connected to both through the public transportation network.
Written by local enthusiast for Falkirk hostelsJudyM