Falkirk has chosen its location well, and it’s got a double life. It’s almost exactly halfway between the two great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, it’s halfway between two of Scotland’s main motorways, the M80 and the M9, it’s at the junction of two of Scotland’s great canals, the Forth & Clyde and the Union Canal, and it’s home to two iconic landmarks, the Falkirk Wheel and the stunning Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. With this background for a new home, you won’t need to think twice about living here.
The central lowlands of Scotland are well-connected for travel in all directions. The M9 is the fast link with Edinburgh, 26 miles to the east. The M80 does exactly the same to Glasgow, 23 miles to the west. The A9 out of Falkirk links Stirling, Perth, Inverness and finally Thurso right up at the top of north Scotland. It’s a stunning route as well as a great connection. The A985 takes you across the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline, and from there the network of roads link with Kirkcaldy, Perth and Dundee. There are two train stations, Falkirk High which is on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line and Falkirk Grahamston which is on the Edinburgh to Dunblane line. For flights, Glasgow Airport is 32 miles away and Edinburgh Airport is 19 miles away.
Going to town
Falkirk is a retail and services hub for the wider area and this means good shopping options. There’s a pedestrianised High Street in the historic centre, a central shopping centre – the Howgate, the Central Retail Park which combines national brands, entertainment and eating out, and of course the main national supermarkets. There’s a fabulous Farmers’ Market which is so successful that it’s become something of a tourist attraction, while the Sunday car boot sale at the New Falkirk Stadium has become a local institution.
Going to school
The town is really well-served for your children’s education. After primary school, the town’s catchment area has 8 secondary schools. It’s also home to one of Forth Valley College’s four campuses, with Falkirk being the largest.
You’ll not be short of ideas in and around Falkirk. The Central Retail Park has a 12-screen cinema, and the town centre is filled with cafés, bistros, bars and restaurants. The Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies in The Helix parkland are your local tourist attractions but they’re great assets for you too. The Helix Park includes cycling, walking trails and water sports, as well as the iconic 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures.