The canal became dis-used in the late 19th Century, and most of the locks connecting the Forth and Clyde to the Union Canal were infilled. As part of the Millennium celebrations in 2000, National Lottery funds were used to regenerate the canal. A boatlifting device, the Falkirk Wheel was built to connect the two canals, allowing boats to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh once more. The Falkirk Wheel opened on May 27, 2002 and is now a prime tourist attraction in Scotland.
It was designed by John Smeaton.