the kelpies

The Kelpies, Falkirk

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!

The Kelpies – giant horse head statues – 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, but 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

The Kelpies are situated in Falkirk’s Helix Park, on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, so you can stroll along the canal and enjoy the views.  When we were there at the start of the year there were quite a few footpaths under construction, connecting the Kelpies to other parts of Helix Park.

forth and clyde canal

wendy graham moral fibres

(ps: my Orla Kiely tea dress is from People Tree)

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.  I’ve also heard there is now a splash park for cooling off on hot days.  We haven’t made it back over this summer, but I am making plans!

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!

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

If you’re travelling to The Kelpies 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 attraction 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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