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The Kelpies – The Helix

Great Scottish Sculptures: The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world!

The Kelpies at Falkirk are not to be missed when holidaying in Scotland!  These two breathtaking, mesmerizing, towering steel sculptures (based at the Helix Park on the outskirts of Falkirk at the edge of the M9) are a perfect stop off on route to a day out from Edinburgh when you visit Stirling Castle.

Our central Scotland hotels are only a short drive from each of Scotland’s most iconic Castles, Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.

Pull off the M9, just 45 minutes drive from our Edinburgh city hotel, on your way to Stirling and explore the “The Kelpie Tour” and learn about the industrial history of Scotland.  We assure you will be blown away by these sculptures, just as you will our castles.


Scottish Folklore

“The Kelpies” name reflects the aquatic creatures from Scottish folklore.  the water kelpie.  A Kelpie is the Scots name given to a ‘water being’ inhabiting the lochs (or lakes) of Scotland. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse, but is able to adopt human form. Some accounts state that the kelpie retains its hooves when appearing as a human – which is where Robert Burns gains his theme in his 1786 poem “Address to the Deil”.  Almost every size-able body of water in Scotland has an associated kelpie story, but the most extensively reported is that of Loch Ness.

This mythological transforming beast is said to possess the strength and endurance of 10 horses – hence the powerful, towering steel structures of two horses heads emerging out of the water.


Our Scottish Sculptures

The vision for the two famous Scottish sculptures “The Kelpies” follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coal ships; that shaped the structural layout of the area. Retaining “The Kelpies” as the title for these equine monuments, the artist sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities that The Helix park, where they are situated, stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies.


The Helix Park, Falkirk

The Helix was borne from an idea in 2003 to build an ecopark as part of the Falkirk Greenscape Initiative, transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. Today, The Helix connects 16 local communities through our extensive path networks.

The Kelpies – Photo Gallery

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