The Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel, and the tourism-based regeneration of Scottish Canals

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736–745
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number6
Early online date25 Aug 2017
StatePublished - Nov 2017


This paper examines the transformation of the Scottish Canals network for the purposes of leisure visitation as an element of tourism. It focuses on 2 iconic developments, The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, which are considered in relation to their impact on destination awareness and tourism development in a particular locale. The key attraction sites illustrate successful brownfield regeneration, enduring visitation and the role of canals as multifaceted tourism assets in a specific region of Scotland. In addition, the paper provides a context for the decline and resurgence of canals in lowland Scotland.


  • Falkirk Wheel, Scottish Canals, tourism development, The Kelpies