There's an extra attraction to the canal at Falkirk though - the Wheel, a boatlift which joins the Forth + Clyde and Union canals, replacing a long flight of locks.
We were lucky enough to arrive just as it started to rotate.
You can take a boat trip and be carried aloft in the Wheel but we walked up the hill....
....through a spooky tunnel.....
...and discovered Santa's hideaway at the end of it.
Then we moved on a few miles (made more by getting lost) to The Helix, a country park dominated by the magnificent Kelpie sculptures.
I saw the mini mock-ups of these a few years ago at Falkirk Wheel and had been eagerly waiting to see them in their finished form.
Although strikingly wonderful from a distance, I think they lose something close to, when all the construction details can be seen.
This is probably my preferred distance - when they can be seen as a whole.