The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk

‘If you’ve never heard about The Kelpies, then you’re probably not from Scotland.  We’ve been hearing about them forever…and with good reason…’ 

Seriously.  When an extension was built to the Forth and Clyde Canals in Central Scotland, it was decided that a park would be built.  A sculpture would be put in place as part of the park that would connect communities within Falkirk.  The Kelpies are the result of this. 

Helix is the name of that park and it has been open to the public since April 2014. In October 2015, the shiny new visitor centre opened. This helps to finish off the attraction and provide some background to the Kelpies structures.  As well as a lovely gift shop and coffee shop because everyone needs coffee, right?

The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk
Helix Park’s shiny new visitor centre
The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk
Coffee time!

Andy Scott

Basically, Kelpies are scary mythical horsey type creatures with immense power and these bad boys represent the history of heavy industry in Scotland’s past.  The legend states that a Kelpie would often throw his master off into the water and then drag him under…  sweet, huh?

With this lovely image in mind, Scottish sculptor Andy Scott was commissioned to design a feature for Helix Park and he chose two ENORMOUS Kelpies. Mafia members must be terrified when they go to Falkirk. Imagine waking up to a 30 metre high horses head in your bed in the morning.

The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk
Reflections in the water

Helix Park

The Kelpies now sit at the end of the Helix Park and overlook the M9 motorway that runs past the site.   If you’re on the road, you can spot them from a distance and, if you haven’t seen them before, they’re bloody terrifying and absolutely stunning at the same time.

Even if you’re like me and used to drive past them a million times a day, they never fail to make an impact. They really are remarkable. They’re even more stunning in the dark, when they’re both lit up and cast eery shadows across the park.

The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk
Some seriously massive horses heads

Tickets

You can buy tickets to go inside one of the structures and have a peek around the interior.  However, as you can get right next to them without a ticket, it’s not necessary. There is still a little work going on within the Park but I defy you not to be impressed.  It’s a photographer’s dream.

The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk
Gies a kiss…

Have you ever seen one of those photos from The Leaning Tower of Pisa where people position themselves to look like they’re holding it up?   Well, we now have our very own.  Lots of people stand under The Kelpies to look like they’re being eaten. Or, as my sister demonstrates expertly above, giving head down Kelpie a big kiss.

For further information, click here.

Have you visited the Kelpies yet?



Suzanne x 

The Kelpies @ Helix Park, Falkirk

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Hi, I'm Suz. I love travelling (obvs..), dogs, shoes and wine, although not necessarily in that order. I'm originally from Scotland, but now live in Snowdonia in North Wales with my husband and a seriously large shoe collection.

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