A day trip to Falkirk
We highly recommend a day trip to Falkirk during your stay at our holiday park in Glasgow. This beautiful town boasts a range of heritage attractions as well as plentiful shops, bars and restaurants. Falkirk is easily accessible by road or rail – there’s a train station just a short drive from our park.
A trip to The Helix is an absolute must when visiting Falkirk. This urban park is home to the Kelpies – the largest equine sculptures in the world. The now iconic horse’s heads were created by local artist Andy Scott and stand at 30 metres tall. They have been fabricated out of intricate steelwork in a nod to the area’s industrial past.
Helix park is free to enter and visitors are able to walk around the outskirts of the structure’s day and night. For an added cost the Kelpies Experience Tour offers the chance to go inside and learn about the vision that inspired this work of art. The surrounding parkland offers over 500km of cycling and walking paths. There is also an extensive adventure play area and splash zone for younger members of the family to let off some steam.
The Falkirk Wheel is another of Falkirk’s must-see tourist attractions, attracting visitors in their droves each year. It was designed to transport boats between different levels of the Union and Fourth Clyde Canals and is the first and only rotating boat lift in the world. There’s an interesting visitor centre and café within the wheel if you’d like to find out more about the intricate design. We suggest taking a 60-minute boat trip along the canal to admire the beautiful scenery and experience this feat of modern engineering in action.
History and heritage
Falkirk is steeped in history with a wide selection of museums, castles and other cultural attractions to explore. Take a trip to Blackness Castle, situated on the shores of Firth of Forth to delve back in time and learn more about its interesting past. Visitors may recognise its ship like shape from films and TV series, including Hamlet and Outlander. The Antonine Wall World Heritage Site is also well worth a visit during your day trip from Red Deer. The best-preserved section of this fortification can be accessed at Watling Lodge. Find out more about this Roman frontier whilst taking in the countryside scenery.
Shopping in Falkirk
If you plan on indulging in a little retail therapy during your day trip, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the range of shops on offer in Falkirk. There are a number of shopping centres containing some of the best national chains and luxury brands. There are also a range of independent gift shops and boutiques to peruse if you’re looking for a unique souvenir to commemorate your visit.
Red Deer Village Holiday Park near Glasgow is perfectly positioned to enjoy a trip to Falkirk as well as other towns and cities nearby. With fantastic public transport links and well-maintained accommodation options, including static caravans, holiday homes, chalets, touring and camping pitches, our award-winning park has plenty to offer discerning guests. Take a look at our things to do pages for suggestions of attractions and activities in the local area.