Edinburgh: Scottish Innovation, Architecture & Design
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- Visit Linlithgow Palace and see some of the best Medieval architecture Scotland has to offer
- See the Kelpies by artist Andy Scoot, standing 30 meters high and weighing in at 300 tonnes each
- Learn about the engineering genius of the Falkirk Wheel, connecting 2 of Scotland’s biggest waterways
The name Kelpies reflects the mythologically transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses. The Kelpies represent the sheer power of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, working the canals by pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges, and coal ships that graced Falkirk and the surrounding areas. Here, you can take a walk up to and around the Kelpies or take the official tour which takes you inside this magnificent structure giving you a view you just can’t get from the outside. Enjoy a relaxing coffee with this great view and have a rummage around the gift shop before you set off. After your visit to the Kelpies, stop for some lunch and have the chance to chat about what you have seen so far. You will then move on to your next site, the engineering genius of the Falkirk Wheel, which connects 2 of Scotland’s biggest waterways, the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal. Before this, the canals where linked with a series of 11 locks that took boats most of the day to pass through. The wheel raises boats 24 meters high but the union canal still sits 11 meters higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel, so boats still have to pass through a pair of locks to get between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. What makes the Falkirk Wheel so special is that it is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton boat lift.
Moving on and just when you thought there was nothing that could possible get any better, on your way back to Edinburgh, you will stop at Forth Bridges and the town of South Queens Ferry, where you can take some photos. Here, you can also enjoy the sights with a coffee sitting under the bridges. Both the Forth Rail Bridge and Road Bridge have an exciting story to tell. The Forth Rail Bridge was built and completed in 1890 and spans 8,296 feet. Construction of the bridge was started in 1883 until 1917 and the bridge was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world and is still the world’s second longest single span. The Forth Road Bridge was opened in 1964 and replaced the century old ferry service that took cars across the forth from north to south Queensferry spelling the end of an era for this type of crossing. At a total length of 2,512 meters, it was the longest suspension bridge span outside the USA and the fourth longest span in the world (at the time of its construction). The bridge comprises 39,000 tonnes of steel and 115,000 cubic meters of concrete. The towers reach 156 meters above the mean water level. From here, you will head back to the beautiful city of Edinburgh in time to enjoy the city and choose one of the many great restaurants for dinner to top off an amazing day.
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- Entrance fees
Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departure time to check-in. The bus tours depart from outside Café Nero next door to St. Giles Cathedral, (Royal Mile, EH1 1RE) at their scheduled time.
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