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Union Canal, Roughcastle Tunnel

Tunnel (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Union Canal, Roughcastle Tunnel

Classification Tunnel (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Rough Castle Tunnel; New Falkirk Tunnel; Edinburgh And Glasgow Union Canal; Antonine Wall; Millennium Link; Falkirk Wheel

Canmore ID 279405

Site Number NS87NE 31.05

NGR NS 85257 79848

NGR Description NS 85257 79848 to NS 85264 79684

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Falkirk
  • Parish Falkirk
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Falkirk
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS87NE 31.05 85257 79848 to 85264 79684

Roughcastle Tunnel [NAT]

OS AIB (GIS) February 2006.

Not to be confused with (original) Falkirk Tunnel (at Hallglen: NS 88141 78983 to NS 88390 78400), for which see NS87NE 31.01.

This tunnel was built as part of the Millennium Link project to carry the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal (NS87NE 31.00: LIN 18) beneath the Antonine Wall (NS87NE 57.01), the Edinburgh-Glasgow (main) railway line, and Bonnyhill Road. It thus forms the southern approach to the Falkirk Wheel (NS88SE 198).

The tunnel is short, straight and of circular section. The sides have been formed by sprayed concrete, and both entrances are of simple form. There is a railed footpath on the E side of the waterway.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 2 March 2006.


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