In Falkirk, Scotland, there are two enormous sculptures of horses' heads known as the Falkirk Kelpies. They are a well-known landmark and well-liked tourist destination in the region. The sculptures were created in 2013 as part of the Helix project, a regeneration programme aimed at altering the terrain around Falkirk. They were conceived by sculptor Andy Scott.
The Kelpies, the world's largest sculptures of equines, call Helix Park home. You may find souvenirs, refreshments, and other background on The Kelpies at the visitor centre. From there, you can have a tour with one of our guides who will tell you everything about the history of The Kelpies and even take you inside so you can marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the structure for yourself. The Helix features a boardwalk network, a lagoon with a cosy coffee shop by its shore, a park with an adventure play park (with accessible equipment), splash play water fountains, parklands, forests, wetlands, and boardwalks. Accessibility information is available on our website, so please read our statement there before your visit.
The Kelpies, the world's largest sculptures of equines, call Helix Park home. It was designed to serve as a meeting place for the people of the Falkirk and Grangemouth areas. Beyond uniting people from all throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom, the Kelpies aim to unite people from all over the world. Because of the Kelpies, the area is now a top-notch attraction for visitors.
Each of the mystical Kelpies is over 100 feet tall and weighs more than 300 tonnes, making them a technological marvel and a work of art. Based on historical figures like the Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron, artist Andy Scott's sculptures have become recognisable landmarks. The Kelpies honour the legacy of the hefty horse that pulled the waggons, ploughs, barges, and coalships that established the urban pattern of Falkirk and the rest of Scotland.
The mythical monsters from whom the Kelpies take their name are said to have the strength and stamina of a hundred horses, and these characteristics are reflected in the area's dynamic landscapes, the durability of its inland rivers, and the resilience of its inhabitants, hence the name. As they are located in the heart of The Helix park, The Kelpies are open to the public 24/7/365 at no cost. Everyone is welcome to come and have a good look at the gigantic statues because the space around them has been made accessible. Touring a Kelpie allows you an up-close look at its impressive interior design, not to mention its innovative engineering. If you're visiting The Kelpies, be sure to stop by the visitor centre for souvenirs, refreshments, and background on the attraction.
The Helix is connected to Falkirk's 500 km of paved paths for walking and cycling, which link the city's neighbourhoods and points of interest. Ride your bike around the 25-kilometer Tour Route that loops around the Helix, passing by the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar Park on the way to and from the attraction. Our website has all the route information you need. With the John Muir Trail and two National Cycle Routes passing through it, this location is a superb jumping-off point for excursions beyond.
The Helix features a boardwalk network, a lagoon with a cosy coffee shop by its shore, a park with an adventure play park (with accessible equipment), splash play water fountains, parklands, forests, wetlands, and boardwalks.
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The Kelpies are structural steel buildings with a stainless steel coating that rise to a height of 30 metres (98 ft). About 300 tonnes of weight are assigned to each sculpture. The term "Kelpies" alludes to water spirits from mythology who are reputed to appear as horses.
The working horses that were crucial to Falkirk's and the region's industrial past, particularly in canal transit, served as the inspiration for the sculptures. The strength and beauty of these horses are combined with Scottish mythology and folklore in the creation of the Kelpies.
The Falkirk Kelpies provide tourists a chance to explore the area and take advantage of a number of amenities, such as a visitor centre, walking and cycling trails, and boat cruises that let guests see the sculptures from a nearby canal. The Kelpies frequently have night-time illumination, which makes for an impressive visual display.
Overall, the Falkirk Kelpies have come to represent Falkirk and serve as a reminder of the area's rich past and history.