Local Area Update – Falkirk
With a privileged location half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Falkirk is a busy town with lots to offer to residents and visitors alike.
The whole Falkirk area offers varied attractions, including The Kelpies, The Helix, The Falkirk Wheel, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and the Antonine Wall to name but a few.
The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift is an engineering masterpiece which transports boats 115 ft between the different levels of the Union, and Forth & Clyde canals. You can ride on the wheel, and learn all about it at the visitor centre.
Education in Falkirk
Beside visitor attractions, Falkirk has been recently remarked for the education it offers its young residents. The new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills made a visit to Forth Valley College’s Falkirk campus recently, as reported by the Falkirk Herald.
As one of his first official duties in his new role, John Swinney was welcomed by principal Dr Ken Thomson and his management team before touring the college’s state-of-the-art engineering and oil and gas training workshops, as well as the life sciences facilities. All had recently been transformed in a £1.2 million refurbishment. Read more about the news here.
The Tryst Festival
If you have missed the annual Tryst Festival that just ended (14 – 29 May 2016) make sure you put it in your calendar for next year. A local tradition since the 18th century, the Falkirk Trysts used to be the biggest cattle market in Scotland. According to The Tryst Festival website, At their height they were a sensational sight with over 150,000 cattle, sheep, and horses arriving from all corners of Scotland to find buyers from throughout the UK. These eventually declined with the advent of the railways until all that remained were the annual sideshows and fair.
Nowadays the Tryst Festival supports, promotes and campaigns for the Arts and an enhanced civic amenity for the Falkirk District. The Festival celebrates the best of the Arts from around Falkirk District, and is a showcase of all aspects of the visual and performing Arts including music, theatre, dance, drama, magic, exhibitions, seminars, writing, events and family shows. Find out more about the Tryst Festival here.
A few of the homes that came recently in our books in Falkirk
Superb professionally extended Charles Church built luxury detached villa. Situated at the head of a small cul-de-sac amidst properties of similar calibre, the property occupies private gardens. A two car wide front driveway provides off-road parking and access to an integral garage. Constructed and finished to a high standard by Charles Church in 2010, the property has subsequently been enhanced with the addition of a wonderful single storey, rear extension which provides an impressive family breakfast room/kitchen which feature roof lights, trifold doors, integrated appliances and tiled flooring. The property has three further public rooms on the ground floor in addition to a useful utility room and downstairs WC.
This rarely available traditional sandstone fronted maisonette flat can be a great first step on the property ladder. The subjects enjoy an enviable central position, well-placed for access to town centre amenities including nearby High station, popular with Glasgow and Edinburgh commuters. Residents parking is available to the rear of the property in addition to delightful and sunny well-maintained shared residents gardens.
Finished at high specification, this larger style detached villa set within a small select cul-de-sac amongst properties of a similar calibre. The subjects are located within one of Grangemouth’s most highly regarded and sought after residential locales. The property lies within close proximity to many excellent town centre amenities including nearby Moray primary school. Occupying a prime plot, attention is drawn to a wonderful sunny, southerly facing fully enclosed, landscaped rear garden which incorporates lawn, patio and is offered for sale with timber garden storage shed and super summer house. A wide block paved front driveway provides access to a larger sized integral garage with electric up and over doors. Full details on this property can be found on our website.