The Falkirk Wheel canal lock viewed from the basin below


Falkirk is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It borders North Lanarkshire to the south west, Stirling to the north west, West Lothian to the south east and the Firth of Forth to the north east.

The council area was formed in 1996 with the exact boundaries of Falkirk District Prior to 1975 the majority of the council area was part of the county of Stirlingshire and a small part, Bo'ness and Blackness, was part of the former county of West Lothian.

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