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Kelpies, Grangemouth

The Kelpies – true icons of Scotland

The Kelpies and Helix Park are iconic landmarks located in Falkirk, Scotland. They are popular visitor attractions and also represent a fusion of art, engineering, and natural beauty.

The Kelpies:

  1. Appearance: Colossal sculptures of two horse heads, each standing at a towering 30 meters (approximately 98 feet) in height. They are made of stainless steel and are a striking silver color.
  2. Inspiration: The sculptures are inspired by mythical water creatures known as “kelpies” from Scottish folklore. Kelpies are said to be shape-shifting water spirits that often appear in the form of horses and are also known to inhabit lochs and rivers.
  3. Design and Construction: Sculptor Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, and they were constructed as a part of the Helix project. Each sculpture weighs around 300 tons and is constructed from thousands of individual pieces of steel.
  4. Symbolism: The Kelpies represent the role that horses played in the history of Scotland, particularly in agriculture and industry. They also symbolize the power and importance of water in Scotland’s industrial heritage, as they stand beside the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Helix Park:

  1. Location: Helix Park is situated near Falkirk, a town in central Scotland. It covers a large area of land and includes a variety of recreational spaces and amenities.
  2. Features: Helix Park is not just home to the Kelpies; it also offers a range of attractions and activities for visitors. Some of the notable features include:
    • A large lagoon called the “Lagoon,” which provides opportunities for water-based activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
    • A network of walking and cycling paths, including the “Kelpies Canter” path, also allows visitors to explore the park’s scenic beauty.
    • A visitor center with information about the Kelpies, the park, and its history.
    • Play areas for children.
    • Picnic areas and green spaces for relaxation.
  3. Events: Helix Park also often hosts various events and festivals, including music concerts, outdoor theater performances, and community gatherings.
  4. Environmental Focus: The park is designed with a focus on environmental sustainability and incorporates ecological elements like wetlands and wildlife habitats.
  5. Cultural Significance: The statues and Helix Park have also become important cultural symbols for Scotland and have attracted both locals and tourists from around the world.

Overall, these are not only stunning artistic creations but also important landmarks that celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage and natural beauty while providing recreational opportunities for the community and visitors alike.

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Discounted Kelpie Tour tickets can be purchased by calling our Visitor Centre on 01324 590600 and quoting “Forth Boat Tours”.

Your voucher from Forth Boat Tours must be presented to visitor centre staff when collecting your ticket.  Subject to availability tours can be booked on the day by presenting your voucher to the staff in the visitor centre.