The Falkirk Wheel – Rotating Boat Lift in Scotland

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The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland. It is the world’s only rotating boatlift. It opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project. The Wheel is essentially two huge, balanced water tanks suspended on arms which rotate around a central axis like a Ferris wheel. Each tank can support up to four twenty-meter-long boats at one time. Boats move into the tanks through the lock gates, which displaces a mass of water from each tank equal to the weight of the vessels. The tanks are thus always equalized in weight, allowing the pull of gravity on the descending tank to do most of the work elevating the rising tank. his balance allows the wheel to consume very little electricity per turn despite the enormous weight involved. It uses a mere 1.5 kilowatt-hours– or roughly the equivalent power needed to boil eight kettles of water– each time if hefts a 600 metric ton load. And it does this in under four minutes per turn.

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Fingals Cave and Staffa Coast, Scotland

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Fingal’s Cave is located on the island of Staffa, Scotland, It also known as “Uamh-Binn” in Gaelic, is well-known for its arching, cathedral-like geological features and emanating eerie sounds. Staffa is a beautiful and uninhabited island lying 6 miles north of Iona to the west of Mull and about 6 miles north of Iona. It is home to hundreds of seabirds and set within waters teeming with marine life.

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Saint Andrews Cathedral Ruins – Place to See in Scotland

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Once the largest and most important church in Scotland, St Andrew’s Cathedral (1160-1318) now lies in picturesque ruins overlooking the North Sea in St Andrews. In addition to the Norman and Gothic ruins of the medieval cathedral, it includes St Rule’s Tower and a museum with an important Pictish sarcophagus. It was the seat of the Bishops of St Andrews from its foundation in 1158 until it fell into disuse after the Reformation. The ruins indicate the great size of the building at 350 feet (over 100 metres) long.

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