taken at the falkirk wheel scotland with canon eos650d

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal the canals were linked by a new stretch between camelon and bantaskine . Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, the lift opened in 2002. The two canals it serves were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse
The wheel has an overall diameter of 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 35 metres apart to a 3.5 metres diameter axle. Two diametrically opposed water-filled caissons, each with a capacity of 80,000 imperial gallons are fitted between the ends of the arms.The difference in height of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres roughly equivalent to the height of an eight-storey building. But the Union Canal is 11 m higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel, and boats must pass through a pair of locks to descend from this canal onto the aqueduct at the top of the wheel.


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I live in the Falkirk area of Scotland smack bang in the middle of Edinburgh and Glasgow so handy for loads of local photo locations and an ideal starting location for those road trips that can take you from the heart of the cities to the Scottish wilderness in less than an hour.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    Very nice, with the arches – where is this?

  • its the upper deck of the Falkirk wheel my apologises for the lack of description I am trying to sort out my picture folders and get myself sorted and thanks for comment

    – Stuart Mcguire

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 1 year ago

    Such a brilliant day you had, Stuart! I remember Scottish weather like this, I do indeed. This is Falkirk, I trust. Wonderful composition; grand subject.

  • its to be like this for next four weeks apparently so hopefully manage to catch some more shots of other areas to remember how they look in the sun thanks sheila

    – Stuart Mcguire

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 1 year ago


  • cheers bud I am taking full advantage of the sun

    – Stuart Mcguire

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 1 year ago

    Very cool capture Stuart.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • cheers bud glad you like

    – Stuart Mcguire

  • Themis
    Themisabout 1 year ago
    Congratulations, your work has been featured in Your Country’s Best on Tuesday the 16th July 2013
  • thanks for the feature glad you liked

    – Stuart Mcguire

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