Unless you’ve seen the Scotland’s Falkirk Wheel in action, we can pretty much guarantee that you have never seen anything like it in your life.
The Falkirk Wheel was inaugurated in May 2002 and connects the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, 35 meters above the level of the Forth and Clyde.
Prior to the wheel’s construction, the two canals were linked at Falkirk, Scotland by a flight of 11 locks stretching across a distance 1.5 kilometers, although the locks were dismantled in 1933 – breaking the link.
The Falkirk Wheel’s gondolas hold approximately 500,000 liters of water – the equivalent of an Olympic-size swimming pool – and it takes just 1.5kWh of energy to turn, about the same amount as it would take to boil 8 household kettles.
Today, the Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.
More about the wheel can be found at the Falkirk Wheel website HERE.