the kelpies

If you live in Scotland, or are planning on visiting Scotland this summer then I heartily recommend a trip to see The Kelpies, in Falkirk.  We headed over to The Kelpies at the start of this year, and I’ve been meaning to share some photos from the trip ever since!

What Are The Kelpies?

The Kelpies are giant horse head statues. They stand at an impressive 30 metres high and are such a thing of beauty.  

We visited on a sunny afternoon in late winter but you can also visit at night when they’re bathed in coloured light.  You can even book a tour and go up inside the Kelpies. We were with our three year old and didn’t think she’d be too into that, but it’s definitely something I’d like to do!

the kelpies falkirk

Where in Scotland Is The Kelpies?

The Kelpies are situated in Falkirk’s Helix Park, on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Here you can stroll along the canal and enjoy the views, and there’s a network of footpaths and cycleways connecting the Kelpies to other parts of Helix Park.

forth and clyde canal
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(ps: my Orla Kiely tea dress is from People Tree)

What Can You Do There?

As well as marveling at the statues, and perhaps having a cup of coffee or a pizza from one of the nearby cafe, there are lots of things to do at the Kelpies. Once you’ve had your fill of the Kelpies you can walk from the Kelpies Hub through the rest of Helix Park.  If you’re with kids, then there’s a fantastic playground for kids age two and up that we had a blast in, playing with our nipper. There is also a splash park in Helix Park for cooling off on hot days, which is a lot of fun.

The Park also has some lovely nature walks along the lakes and marsh lands, which we also really enjoyed.

swan frozen lake

You can tell how early on in the year we went because the lake is frozen over!

Are The Kelpies Free?

Yes, it’s free to get into the Kelpies and to Helix Park, which is an added bonus!

How Do You Get There?

If you’re travelling there by public transport, then from Glasgow or Edinburgh then you can easily get a train from either Queen Street Station in Glasgow, or Waverley or Haymarket Station in Edinburgh to Falkirk High Station.  From the station, there’s a frequent bus service that serves all the attractions in Falkirk, including the Falkirk Wheel.

Don’t make the same mistake we did – we assumed the Falkirk Wheel was next to the Kelpies, and in actual fact it’s over 2 miles away.  We didn’t factor in enough time to visit the Falkirk Wheel, but that’s for our next trip!

PS: other places to visit in Scotland – Burntisland and Falkland, and the Kinghorn Earthship.

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