Last weekend we decided to visit the Falkirk Wheel, having heard so much about this huge construction since it was built, I had never visited it until now. I’d never actually even been to Falkirk. Its only upon seeing the wheel moving do you actually begin to understand what it is, I always thought it was some sort of filter to control the flow of the water and stop flooding. I was wrong, Its a boat lift. A huge rotating elevator that can carry boats from one canal to another, in this case its the Forth and Clyde Canal from Bowling to the Union Canal leading out to Edinburgh.
Seeking to fully understand the wheel, we decided to travel on it through to the Union Canal, we boarded a medium sized vessel and crawled into the carrier part of the wheel with constant fact and figures being relayed by Sheila (our guide) and audio/visual screen on board the barge. Once inside the loading dock we began to move round on our ascent to the Union Canal – Its a very slow process and barely feels like you’re moving at all. The sounds of a baby screaming at the back of the barge had my attention most of the ascent anyway.
We travelled up and down and it was an experience that I’m glad we chose. The Actual design of the wheel is completely fascinating; its when you look at the movement and the fact that it all relies on a single cog in the middle to act as the axis for it all to more or less work, truly amazing. If you haven’t made your way out to see the Falkirk Wheel, its time you did.