What a beautiful day it turned out to be, the sun shone and although freezing when you were not in the sun when it shone on you it was warm and very therapeutic. Decided to visit the Falkirk Wheel as we were meeting up with friends over in the Polmont area of Falkirk.
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after the town it resides in of Falkirk in central Scotland. It opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project.
The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton boat lift.
The Anderton Boat Lift is very close to the Cheshire town of Northwhich, England. This is also well worth a visit as I love Cheshire as some of you know as I lived very close to it at one time.
I took a video of the Wheel in action, although, as the sun was shining over the top of the Wheel and I was trying to block it out, you can see part of an arm, I am sorry, but it was either that or you would not be able to see any of it. Hope you enjoy the short video.
p.s. not often you moan about the sun in Scotland.
video here Falkirk Wheel Vid