The Falkirk Wheel -
Information by British Waterways Scotland
The Falkirk Wheel was officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 24 May 2002. This exceptional feat of engineering is also a sculpture for the 21st century.
Responsibility for inland waterways in Scotland is a devolved matter, with funding for British Waterways' Scottish activities coming from the Scottish Government. In Scotland the 137-mile (220km) canal network includes the Caledonian, Crinan, Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals.
British Waterways Scotland works in partnerships with local authorities, voluntary groups, private companies and other government agencies to protect and enhance the waterways and benefit the communities through which they run.
The organisation balances the conservation of the country’s heritage and environment with developing commercial opportunities to generate income to reinvest in the waterways for further sustainable regeneration.
The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
The Falkirk Wheel was officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II
on 24 May 2002. This exceptional feat of engineering is also a sculpture for
the 21st century.
Originally designed to reconnect the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh, re-establishing east to west coast access for boats, the Wheel is a fitting symbol (centrepiece) for the £84.5 million Millennium Link project, the largest UK canal restoration ever.
It is situated in a natural amphitheatre outside Falkirk and is the only structure of its kind in the world.
The Wheel is the height of 8 double decker buses and is capable of
lifting loads equivalent to the weight of 100 African elephants and can carry
8 or more boats at a time.
It is a rotating arm with gondolas at either end. It
turns like the sails of a windmill, and lifts and lowers boats in the gondolas
from one level to another, joining the two canals.
The Anderton Boat Lift
Foxton Inclined Plane