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

Andrew McKean, John Harris, John Lennon

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736–745
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Volume19
Issue number6
Early online date25 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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The Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel, and the tourism-based regeneration of Scottish Canals. / McKean, Andrew; Harris, John; Lennon, John.

In: International Journal of Tourism Research, Vol. 19, No. 6, 11.2017, p. 736–745.

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