The Falkirk Wheel (boat lift) Falkirk to Edinburgh Canal Boating 2 days ago   06:53

Barry Ferguson
The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world. An amazing piece of engineering which links the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal.
Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these had been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

The boat here is lifted from the canal basin beside the Forth and Clyde canal up to the aqueduct, before going through the 160m/1095ft Rough Castle tunnel to the Union Canal.
Wheel rotate sequence speeded up by x2 as lift takes 5 minutes!
The Falkirk Wheel was opened by the Queen in May 2002, and is now one of Scotlands most popular tourist attractions.

The wheel has an overall diameter of 35 metres (115 ft) and consists of two opposing arms which extend 15 metres beyond the central axle and take the shape of a Celtic-inspired, double-headed axe. Two sets of these axe-shaped arms are attached about 25 metres (82 ft) apart to a 3.5 metres (11 ft) diameter axle. Two diametrically opposed water-filled caissons, each with a capacity of 80,000 gallons, are fitted between the ends of the arms.
These caissons (also known as gondolas) always weigh the same whether or not they are carrying their combined capacity of 600 tonnes of floating canal barges as, according to Archimedes' principle, floating objects displace their own weight in water, so when the boat enters, the amount of water leaving the caisson weighs exactly the same as the boat. This keeps the wheel balanced and so, despite its enormous mass, it rotates through 180° in five and a half minutes while using very little power. It takes just 22.5 kilowatts (30.2 hp) to power the electric motors, which consume just 1.5 kilowatt-hours (5.4 MJ) of energy in four minutes, roughly the same as boiling eight kettles of water.

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khuyen ha
i wonder why they have to build a giant structure like that instead of a road near that river
fredy gump
The Victorians would be sooo jealous!
Adrian from Falkirk UK
Fantastic video,F.Wheel is only 10min from my home,see my Kelpies Horses new videos👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Reactionary Alchemist
There is no point to this and it's a blight on our landscape. 0/10, would bulldoze.
Jose Othoniel Castañeda Saldaña
en que pais esta esa innovadora maravilla de ingenieria
smell your maw
Falkirk is a shot hole
Alec Benjamin Fan
I live in Falkirk and tbh I hate that stupid thing
And here I was thinking that the monorail lift in Fallout 76 was just a thing of imagination.
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Holy shit I didn't even know that this existed. Amazing.
Nice video of this Falkirk Wheel! :-)
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Диман Диманов
Нифига себе... Я в шоке и вижу такое впервые - супер!
Nice boat looks like a water bus, If I can travel to Scotland I need to get there by bike, I used to do the Forth and clyde canal by walking and I saw the signs but never went to the Falkirk wheel, looks amazing
Jose Kurian
Ingenuity at its best.
sm vanwers
Could they build one big enough to accommodate ocean liners? ;)
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Falkirk to Edinburgh Canal Boating The Falkirk Wheel (boat lift) 2 days ago   1:31:32

Timelapse video of our entire canal boat trip from Falkirk to Edinburgh and back, including rides on the Falkirk Wheel. Sorry about the butt-shots...I occasionally forgot about the GoPro and stood in front of it.

Up the wheel:

Up the locks:

Through a tunnel (bonus kayakers after the tunnel):

Stopping for groceries:

First night parking (bonus feeding ducks/geese):


Bridge with more kayakers:

Tying up in Linlithgow to get water and feed the ducks (also a great place to get a beer):

If you get out early on your first day and are willing to go into dusk, you can probably make it to this mooring in Linlithgow for the night. But it's a trudge, which is probably why that first night parking cove exists:

Canal bistro (The Park Bistro We didn't stop. It's on the left:

Passing another boat coming the opposite direction. Because people have asked. There's plenty of room in most parts:

Surreal trees, a bridge, clouds mirrored in the canal:

An example of mooring to the bank in an unofficial spot, using the plank and stakes (Winchburgh--also a good place for a beer, but everyone at the bar will noticeably notice that "y'aint from 'round here"...or however the Scottish spell that):

Passing a canal dredger (mildly interesting, if you're into that):

Aqueduct and overnight mooring point:

Creepy "Santa's Castle on an Island". We were horrified and intrigued enough to actually stop, back up and circle around the island:

I jump out and walk along the towpath. It's such an amazing resource. You can easily hop off, walk, and hop back on at any bridge where the canal necks down:

I hop back on and then we have to wait for the old people's tea boat to turn around:

Aqueduct over a freeway. Juxtaposition. (see for another view of the crossing):

Starting to get urban as we head into Edinburgh:

Ending in Edinburgh, with lift-bridge. You call ahead to get them to lift it for you:

Turning around in Edinburgh (after a day or so of beers, notice we bounce a bit as we turn around) to head home:

Stopping for water and waiting for the lift-bridge to leave Edinburgh:

Oops! This is what happens when there's not enough room for boats to pass. We needed to back up and wait. What you can't tell from this silent timelapse is that, according with British Waterways rules (srsly, read the handbook before you go, it's simple stuff), we sound the horn at each bridge. Oncoming boats do the same, which is why we knew they were there:

Stopping in Port Buchan, Broxburn to get attacked by swans while we try to get water (the boat hire will probably warn you not to stop here overnight because impish vandals will throw rocks at your boat):

Getting water in Linlithgow (yeah, we bumped into that guy's boat. Oops):

Don obsessively rocking as we refill our water in Linlithgow:

"WTF? Is that a boat sideways across the canal?" A couple got stoned out of their gourds and got their boat stuck across the canal. I hopped out and un-stuck it for them. The woman tried to keep going and got a short ways but, in her shouted words, she "cannae doo it", so I mooored them on the bank and we continued past them without further ado. For all I know, they might still be there:

Back through the tunnel:
Waiting for a boat to pass on our way down. The wind blew us into the bank and it took some effort to get going again:

Down the locks:

Down the wheel: