The map below shows some of the attractions around Spoke ‘n’ Boot. Just click the blue icons to get more details. You’ll also find a handy list of attractions/website links below.
Things to see and do
- The Falkirk Muir 1746 Monument – monument to mark 1746 battle
- Greenrig Cycles – selling bikes and accessories. Also bike hires. A cafe is next door. The surrounding Canada Wood and the wider Callendar Estate provides more than 67km of paths, including a network of waymarked cycle trails.
- The Falkirk Wheel – the world’s only rotating boat lift (just down the road from us)
- Scottish Segway Centre
- Rough Castle Roman Fort site – part of the Antonine Wall
- The Forth and Clyde Canal and Union Canal – connected at the Wheel
- Walks around the Wheel and South Falkirk – click the link and download a guide
- The John Muir Way – the coast-to-coast trail also runs through the area
- Falkirk Steeple – the historic central building in Falkirk Town Centre
- Falkirk Trinity Church – housed in building called ‘The Faw Kirk’
- Callendar House and Callendar Park – mansion museum set in public park
- Falkirk Stadium – home to Falkirk FC. Also hosts concerts/live events
- The Helix Park: Home of The Kelpies – park that’s home to the world’s largest equine sculptures
- Tenpin Falkirk provides ten pin bowling just across the road from the Mariner Leisure Centre.
- Xtreme Karting provides some thrills for visitors.
Places to eat/drink (nearby)
- Boardwalk – restaurant with an excellent and varied menu to suit all members of the family. Suitable for a romantic meal for two, a group celebration or a family treat. Less than two miles from here, north of the Falkirk Wheel.
- Falkirk Wheel Cafe – at the Wheel itself
- Union Inn/Auntie Kate’s, Camelon – beside the Union Canal. There are other pubs and takeaways nearby.
- Canada Wood Cafe – a pleasant ten minute walk away, along the woodland path. The cafe is dog-friendly, and a great spot to sit, admire views and recharge your batteries after a walk in the surrounding woodland.
- The Milk Barn, by Hallglen – a delightful ice cream parlour, serving home-made ice creams, delicious food and refreshments. Kids love it/adults too!
There are lots of takeaways within walking distance of the site, as well as well-stocked local supermarkets. Just next door to Spoke ‘n’ Boot you’ll find free-range eggs for sale.
CLOSE TO THE CANAL NETWORK
Spoke ’n’ Boot is situated near the towpath of the Union Canal. Take this towpath and watch the boats and barges go through the lock system before entering the tunnel leading straight onto The Falkirk Wheel and onto The Forth & Clyde Canal.
(It’s the same journey Prunella Scales and Timothy West enjoyed on TV’s “Great Canal Journeys”.)
Venture towards the west, passing Bonnybridge, Auchinstarry Marina to Bowling and Glasgow along the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.
Venture towards the East, passing Polmont, Linlithgow, Ratho and into Edinburgh along the Union Canal Towpath.
The nearby towpaths lead you to The Kelpies and The Helix, ideal for cycling and walking.