The Kelpies by Falkirk 

The Kelpies by Falkirk 

by Scottish Tourer August 31, 2019

The Kelpies by Falkirk 


The Kelpies can be located in Falkirks Helix Park. The Helix park is vast 350 hectares of recreational green land.  Within the Park you will find something for everyone. With a visitors centre, gift shop, café, exhibitions, play park for the children, splash play and miles of cycle paths you certainly wont struggle to fill your day out in Falkirk.  

The Kelpies themselves are a huge 30metre structure that sit above the Forth and Clyde Canal.  They form an impressive gateway to the canal.  They were created by a Scottish sculptor called Andy Scott and have to be seen to be truly appreciated.  Not only can you walk around the outside and appreciate the sheer size of these giant horse heads but you are now able to get up close and go inside. 

Kelpies at the Helix Park Falkirk

Why were they built?

The Kelpies represent the horse powered heritage in central Scotland.  They are no simple structure, once you have stepped inside you can appreciate the complexity and the incredible engineering which went into these monuments. 
 

Kelpies by the canal at Falkirk

Some Key Facts


The Kelpies are not just a monument the represent fantastic Scottish engineering at its finest.  They highlight the brilliance of the sculptor and the builders who erected both in just 90 days back in 2013! 

  •  Making up each of the two structures are 18000 individual pieces.  They were build with structural steel with stainless steel cladding. 
  • Each of the Kelpies weighs 300 tonnes but despite the weight and volume these structures are fluid and have a magical life to them.  They sit on 1200 tonne of foundations and have 1.5 miles of steel in each structure. 
  • These magnificent marvels of art standing at 100 feet tall are not only available to view in daylight but truly unique when viewed at night. Many come back twice just to appreciate the beauty of them. 

 

What else is there at the Helix

  •  Let the kids and big kids burn off some energy at the adventure play park and splash zone.  Be sure to pack a spare change of clothes in your motorhome!
  • If you have hired bikes or brought your own be sure to check out the vast cycle paths within the park.
  • Get on the water and test out your skills in a kayak or pedalo. 
  • Make the most of the visitors centre for a keepsake and enjoy a bite to eat in the café.

Kids play area at the Helix Park in Falkirk

Why take a Scottish Tourer Motorhome? 


Make the most of being able to travel with your mobile hotel and enjoy all that Falkirk has to offer with the freedom to come and go as you please. Spend a day here and then why not wild camp in the car park for a small fee then you can enjoy the kelpies in the evening. With a motorhome home there is no need to rush home at the end of the day as you have the flexibility of everything you need on board. Why not watch the sun set over the kelpies. Or follow or next blog for information on the Falkirk Wheel. For more information on motorohmes avalible to hire or more ispiration visit our website https://www.scottishtourer.co.uk/


Kelpies lit up at night

 

 


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