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 west of Linlithgow for bridge replacement works
Works are being undertaken by West Lothian Council in July 2019 to replace the Cauld Burn footbridge. The walking route to the west of Linlithgow will be diverted during this time.
Please follow the signed diversion via the Union Canal towpath, as shown on the map here.
The John Muir Way cycle route in this area is not affected.
Key things to note about this route section.
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.
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 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
For a generation the Antonine Wall was the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire, running for 60km from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth.Visit Website