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Falkirk Area Guide

Callendar House, Falkirk Image courtesy of Flickr user Vegansoldier

Falkirk lies squarely between Glasgow and Edinburgh in the Forth Valley. It is a medium-sized town with an attractive pedestrianised centre and various local landmarks including the Steeple, a high clock tower in the town centre. Just outside the town is Callendar House, an elaborate stately home, which puts on various events and is a good place for a stroll. Part of the ancient Roman Antoine Wall runs through Falkirk and through the grounds of Callendar House.

The town is perhaps less prosperous than some other Scottish towns, but there are very affluent areas within the town including the leafy Woodlands area, which features some of the highest property prices in the lowlands region.

Demographics

The population of the Falkirk council area currently stands at around 150,000 with just over a quarter of those living in the town itself. It is a relatively young town, with over 40% falling in the 30-59 age range and 17% aged 16-29. The number of immigrant communities is very small, comprising about 1,500 of the population. Average income is slightly below the average for Scotland at around £20,000pa, although this gap is narrowing. Unemployment is low at around 4% - although this has increased recently due to the economic down turn.

The town isn't characterised by any one industry, with residents working in a variety of areas ranging from public sector to manufacturing. There are a large number of petrochemical companies just outside Falkirk which employ many people from the town.

Education

Falkirk has a good range of primaries and day care centres and eight secondary schools. Educational achievement in Falkirk has not been stellar in the past, but the town's schools have made a concerted effort of improvement and now compare well with Scottish national averages.

Transport

Falkirk is right in the heart of lowland Scotland and very near to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, giving it excellent transport links. By road, the M9 and the M896 travel North and South and East and West and there are direct rail links to both Glasgow and Edinburgh, taking around 20-40 minutes (depending on route) in each case. It's easy to get to London with trains taking around five to six hours to Euston or King's Cross.

Travel round the city is well served by bus, and bus routes also travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Easy travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports mean Falkirk residents have multiple routes to the rest of the world, including the US and Australia.

Amenities and Shopping

The Howgate shopping centre in the middle of Falkirk houses a large number of shops such as Boots, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, River Island and Argos. The Callendar Square shopping centre has shops such as TK Maxx, BHS and Little Monsters Toys.

Away from the shopping centres is a warren of streets featuring independent shops. The area by the canal has plenty of pubs and bars. Whilst Falkirk might not be accurately described as a gastronomic centre, it nevertheless does have a wide range of restaurants to choose from catering for all tastes.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.