Scottish Canals have a provisional masterplan which is in the early stages of development. This masterplan includes potential hotel and holiday lodge developments. Scottish Canals have indicated that no floor space data is available for the future developments at this time, but as plans are at a conceptual stage there is opportunity for innovative developments that would favour a flexible approach.


110 acres


The site is owned by Scottish Canals.

Development/Planning Status

The Falkirk Wheel site can host leisure, recreation and tourism related activity. Developers are encouraged to get in touch to progress requests.

Available Financial Assistance

The site is located in an area which eligible projects may attract 15%-35% Regional Selective Assistance funding. Further information on eligibility of RSA funding support can be provided.

TIF Supported Enabling Works

No TIF enabling works programmed.

Local Network Infrastructure

The Falkirk Wheel is in close proximity to the M876 motorway and signage from the motorway network for traffic from all directions is of a high quality. Upgrades to M9 Junctions 5 and 6 benefit access for traffic coming from the east, and connections for all forms of transport between The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel are excellent.


Vehicle access to the site is provided by the formal service entrance to The Falkirk Wheel. Additional access to the main car park can be taken from the M9 and M876 motorway routes. Sustainable travel to the site is well catered for via the excellent quality towpath links on the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.