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Thinking about the upcoming Royal Highland Show, makes us think about other Scottish horses. We are of course, talking about The Kelpies!
The area around these famous sculptures is known as Helix Park. It is a 350 hectare eco park, sat in between Falkirk and Grangemouth – just up the road from Edinburgh. The plans for the Helix Park were boosted when they won an amazing £25 million from the Big Lottery Fund in 2006 and in 2013 The Helix was completed. A network of footpaths connect 16 local communities, there are new canal towpaths, cafes, adventure play zones, wetland boardwalks, many community projects and training in woodland management. Then of course there are those stunning horses…
The Kelpies were designed by Andy Scott, who’s vision was to honour the strong lineage of heavy horses who worked the canals, pulling wagons, ploughs, barges and coal ships. Without these horses, the area could not have grown and developed in the way it has. The name ‘Kelpies’ refers to the mythical creature, who was said to have the strength of 10 horses – a quality that links beautifully with the memory of those hard-working heavy horses.
As well as a monument to the horses, Andy Scott also saw them as a monument to the lost industries of the area, and Scotland as a whole. They are also intended to inspire the artists, engineers and innovators of the future. The Kelpies themselves are around 30 meters tall and each one weighs 300 tonnes. They are a truly impressive structure and well worth going to see. You may have seen The Kelpies Maquettes. These are 1:10 scale models of The Kelpies, that travel around raising awareness of The Kelpies and Helix Park, they have travelled Scotland, Northern England and even made an appearance in the USA!
You can book a tour of The Kelpies, which gets you entry inside the actual sculpture to take a closer look at these incredible feats of engineering. The tour takes 30 minutes and booking is highly recommended. Children under 15 go free and adults are just £7.50. So it’s a great idea for the Easter or Summer holidays, as the Helix Park is a great area to run around, with good cafes to grab a bite to eat as well. The visitors centre at The Kelpies is open 7 days a week, and has a gift shop and home baking.
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