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One of the most striking and popular images of Falkirk is of a massive steel structure, something akin to a giant corkscrew, that sits in pleasant green hills just 10 minutes west of the town centre. It's the Falkirk Wheel - the world's only rotating boat lift. Designed to restore the historical link between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal, this feat of modern engineering opened in 2002 and has rightly become a star attraction in the central Lowlands of Scotland.
It's not the only attraction beside the water in Falkirk though. The recently unveiled and already-iconic Kelpies sit beside the canal north of Falkirk. These giant sculptures of folkloric water horses are truly breath-taking and form part of a wider regeneration project called The Helix, which offers plenty more for curious visitors. You can take a tour inside the Kelpies, which, from a distance, appear to be rising from the landscape. It's a sight to behold and certain to encourage more eager holidaymakers to tour the nation by canal boat.
But don't rush straight past Falkirk. This historic town is crammed with things to see and do and it offers a typically warm Scottish welcome.
Presided over by Falkirk Steeple, the town centre is a great shopping destination. It's littered with pretty churches and buildings of the past. Travel a few minutes from the heart of Falkirk to reach Callendar House and Park. This striking mansion looks like it belongs in 16th century France instead of modern Falkirk. Take a tour to hear tales of its illustrious past and spend time sampling food from the 1825 Kitchen.
Collect your hire car from a convenient location in downtown Falkirk and begin your explorations of Scotland from this hospitable town. You can find a great deal on car hire in Falkirk using TravelSupermarket's search tool.
Renting a car makes sightseeing a doddle - whether you choose to stay in the town or venture further into the Scottish Lowlands...
Reminders of Scotland's proud history and heritage are dotted among the picturesque landscapes that surround Falkirk. Drive to Blackness Castle, which stands tall and proud at the edge of the Firth of Forth. It takes around 25 minutes to reach the ancient site from Falkirk when you make use of your hire car. It's worth the drive to see this 15th century fortress, where commanding views of the water are rich rewards.
Dunmore Park is a 20-minute drive north of Falkirk. It might not sound remarkable, but when you see the elaborate summer house, which is topped by a giant pineapple, you'll understand why this is yet another iconic attraction of Falkirk.
The Falkirk sections of the Roman Antonine Wall are also worthy of your time. Built just a few years later than the more famous Hadrian's Wall to the south, little remains of the Antonine Wall, though what is there is clear to see.
Of course, the pull of the big cities is hard to resist in Falkirk, as you're on the doorstep of two of the UK's most energetic, striking and vibrant destinations. Drive to Edinburgh in around 45 minutes to feel your way around the monumental history of this great city. Tread the cobbles of the Royal Mile, tour the castle and see the entire cityscape following an easy stroll to the pinnacle of Calton Hill.
A 35-minute drive from Falkirk will deliver you into the lap of Glasgow, arguably a better shopping destination than the capital. Its museums, galleries and restaurants - where fresh seafood and innovative Scottish cuisine abound - also compete with those in Edinburgh. Decide for yourself which city gets your vote when you make use of car hire in Falkirk.