5 reasons you will love visiting the Kelpies in Scotland

5 reasons you will love visiting the Kelpies in Scotland

Visiting the Kelpies in Scotland had been on my bucket list for a while before I eventually managed to make the trip to see them. After seeing a picture of the stunning sculptures on TV I knew and would love them and I know you will too.

If you are planning  a trip to Scotland I would recommend adding a visit to the Kelpies to your itinerary.

Here are 5 reasons you will love visiting the Kelpies in Scotland!


THEY REPRESENT A SCOTTISH LEGEND


So what exactly are kelpies? According to Scottish legends they are shape-shifting water spirits who inhabit the lochs and waterways of Scotland and appear most often as a horse (though they can appear in human form too)

The Kelpies


THEY ARE HORSE SCULPTURES


The Kelpies also pay tribute to the working horses of Central Scotland and they are for me the most amazing sculptures I have ever seen. They are so incredibly impressive.

The Kelpies in Scotland


THEY ARE HUGE


At over 30 metres tall and weighing over 600 tonnes these beautiful sculptures by Andy Scott completed in October 2013 will dwarf you!

The Kelpies


YOU CAN STAND INSIDE THEM!


There is a guided tour available which costs (as quoted on the brochure June 2018) £7.50 for adults and free for children. This lasts 45 minutes and you are able to experience the sculptures from the inside!

THE KELPIES


THEY ARE IN HELIX PARK


The Kelpies are found in the Helix Park. This is a land transformation project aimed at improving connections between and around 16 communities in Falkirk. Also in the area is the Falkirk wheel which is a rotating boat lift which opened in 2002. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

Kelpies at Helix Park


LOGISTICS


Where are the Kelpies located?

The Kelpies are located off the M9 in Falkirk – 19 miles from Edinburgh and 35 miles from Glasgow. Detailed instructions can be found on the official site – The Kelpies.

We travelled by train to Falkirk from Edinburgh and alighted the train at Falkirk High. There is normally a bus that runs from the train station to Helix park where the Kelpies can be found. On the day we arrived there were roadworks underway and the bus was cancelled.

We decided to walk as it was a beautiful day when we arrived in Falkirk.  If you do decide to walk it is a fairly long walk make sure you have a map. The walk took us over an hour and we seriously thought we were never going to find them!

Visitor Centre

There is a visitor centre which has a gift shop and a restaurant. There is a car park at the Kelpies which costs £2 per car and £1 for motorbikes. As we didn’t want the hike back to the station we ordered a taxi which cost £8 even though we were quoted £5.50. Staff at the visitor centre called and organised the taxi for us (the staff were all lovely and really helpful.)

The Kelpies

Leaflet about the Kelpies


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The Kelpies in Falkirk Scotland

5 reasons you will love visiting the Kelpies in Scotland


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A drive up the Northumberland Coast

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