Key things to note about this route section.
Falkirk is home to a bustling pedestrianised town centre and hosts the Falkirk Wheel and The Helix, two of Scotland’s most well-known tourist attractions. Callendar Wood and Estate let you enjoy wooded walks and visit these permanent displays: The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to the 19th centuries; The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier; and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, which tells how the local area was transformed during the first century of the industrial era. Further on, the route takes you through the outskirts of Linlithgow. The town centre is well worth a visit, as is Linlithgow Loch, which was probably in existence when the fairytale Linlithgow Palace was constructed in 1425. Today anglers and watersports enthusiasts enjoy the loch’s waters in summer, and wintering wildfowl take their shift in autumn when it’s quiet. Signs for the Linlithgow Link will lead you from the John Muir Way into the centre of Linlithgow and back out to re-join the Way. The Link route leaves the east-bound John Muir Way (i.e. heading towards Dunbar) near the Aqueduct, and the west-bound John Muir Way at Mill Road. It is signed Linlithgow Link east (LLe) and Linlithgow Link west (LLw) respectively.
The route follows the canal towpath then joins a grassy path along the River Avon Heritage Trail. Cyclists avoid the grassy path by continuing along the towpath and using minor roads on the outskirts of Linlithgow.
There are public toilets at both bus stations in Falkirk, the train stations and all of the large supermarkets. En route you'll find them at Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and in Linlithgow itself.
Diversion at Glen Village
Scottish Canals have undertaken works on the Union Canal at Glen Village. A short section of towpath will be closed until the end of February 2021 and a local diversion is in place.More Information
Union Canal towpath closure westbound at Almond Road
Heavy rainfall has caused a major breach on the Union Canal. A signed diversion is in place westbound at Almond Road until Brightons (B810).More Information
Union Canal towpath closure eastbound at Brightons
Heavy rainfall has caused a major breach on the Union Canal. A signed diversion is in place eastbound at Brightons (B810) until Almond Road.More Information
Closure of Union Canal towpath at Woodcockdale Weir
Scottish Canals have undertaken works on the Union Canal at Woodcockdale Weir between Linlithgow and the Avon Aqueduct. This section of towpath will be closed until the end of February 2021.More Information
By bus: Falkirk is well served by a number of bus routes including the 35 service that runs between Falkirk and Kilsyth/Croy, while the X38 links Falkirk and Linlithgow on route to Stirling or Edinburgh.
By car: there is a huge car park at the Falkirk Wheel and more options in the town centre, including a small car park at Drossie Road beside the trail. Parking is more limited at Linlithgow but free spaces are available beside the loch.
Points of interest
River Avon Heritage Trail
The River Avon Heritage Trail takes in the disused Westfield Viaduct, Muiravonside Country Park and visitor centre, the Avon Aqueduct and the railway viaduct that carries the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line, where the trail ends.Visit Website
Muiravonside Country Park
Muiravonside Country Park is two miles south of Grangemouth and covers 170 acres of woodland and parkland. It's free and open all-year-round. There's a lot to do with nature trails, picnic sites and play areas throughout the Park.Visit Website
Linlithgow Town Centre
Discover the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. This idyllic town offers visitors the perfect blend of old and new with an array of wonderful sights, events, shopping and dining.Visit Website
Linlithgow Palace and Loch
Re-opened on 26th August 2020. Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Its magnificent ruins are set in a park beside a loch which is rich in wildlife.
Open daily 10am-4pm
Linlithgow Canal Centre
Canal Cruises to Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow Boat Trips, Tearoom, Canal Museum, Charters and Self-Drive Canal Boat Hire. Open from Easter until the end of September.Visit Website
Callendar Park and House
Dating from the 14th century and set in the historic Callendar Park, the house featured in the TV series Outlander. Visit the exhibitions, Georgian kitchen and tearoom. Closed on Tuesdays.Visit Website
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