We picked the Falkirk Wheel as the overnight stopover. Our app told us that it was £10 a night without services and with a great view of the wheel. In the end, it was actually priced at £15 for 24 hours. No great problem – parked at the top of the hill with a view of the landscape and the wheel was a million dollar view, never-mind £15!
We parked us and had a spot of lunch then down the hill to the wheel itself. Very impressive both form an artistic, engineering and architectural point of view. We had the normal conversation that we always have when we see a system like this, for example Strépy-Thieu boat lifts: namely Archimedes. Both the canal sections on the wheel weigh exactly the same regardless of what boat(s) are in them. Takes a little thinking about, but yep, it’s true. The wheel is so well balanced that it runs with a 2KW motor. Just a few quid a day to run it. Pretty cool!
We went on the tourist boat trip – it is a 45 minute trip on the wheel and through the tunnel section at the top.
After the Wheel, we got the bikes down and cycles along the Forth and Clyde Canal canal along to the Kelpies. It was a great 5 km cycle. Great to be back on the bikes again.
On the cycle ride back from the Kelpies, we stopped to help some cyclists in distress: Donald and Fiona were recently reborn to cycling after a couple of years gap and had managed to get a chain well and truly jammed in one of their bikes. Our tools were not perfect for what was needed but we managed to make do and between the four of us, got the bike running again. In the process discovering that they were fellow motorhomers and had visited a few of the places that we have been over the last year. Donald and Fiona, we wish you all the best!
Mothership and a few beers for dinner. Next morning, the parking ticket machine was not working. The visitor centre validated it for us and when we told them we had stayed overnight in a camper it ended up a freebie – awesome! Next stop is Edinburgh proper.