The Kelpies in the Helix Park have been open to the public for over 6 months now .The project has been very successful , bringing in over 1 million visitors to the area . For anyone planning to visit Falkirk , the Kelpies are a must see .
The Kelpies are positioned in between the old and the new , the Forth and Clyde Canal on the left and the M9 motorway on right.
They were inspired by the Clydesdale horses that used to pull boats full of freight along canal. In the 19th century , the canals were the motorways of Britain .
Each Kelpie is 50 metres high and made of steel plates welded onto a framework , like armour plating. More than 600 tonnes of steel was used in the construction of the The Kelpies and more than 10,000 special fixtures are used to hold them together.
The two sentinels guard the canal , the first Kelpie looks calm, looking straight ahead and focussed on its load , the second is rearing its head into the sky as if angry or unhappy with its load.
Sculptor Andy Scott has spent 8 years on the project and a couple of times he thought the whole thing was going to be scrapped due to its cost.
The original aim of the project was to transform waste land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways. Access around The Helix is provided by 17 miles of cycleways and footpaths.
Questions continue to be raised about the return on investment for the project . The Kelpies have proved themselves a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no visitor centre the fear is visitors may spend little or nothing in the area .Falkirk Council has asked the Falkirk Community trust why a visitor centre was not included in the plans , but the Trust were unable to explain this . There are rumours about concerts being held in the performance area next year , which would bring in revenue to the area just like the recent concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart across the road at the Falkirk stadium . Callendar Park used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival .
The final element of the Helix is a giant playpark. A set of giant wooden tepee-like structures have been built in the adventure zone.
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five castles tour Scotland . Visit five amazing Scottish castles – Midhope Castle ( Lallybroch ) , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison ) , Aberdour Castle and Blackness Castle ( Fort William army headquarters ) .
Mary Queen of Scots tours – visit key locations in the life of Mary Queen of Scots and a major filming location .
Midhope Castle – Lallybroch tours
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors should admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict. Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of Jamie Fraser , and it is located on the Hopetoun Estate . Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and the exterior is intact but the castle is derelict inside
Doune Castle – Castle Leoch
Dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It is in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune Castle tours , Doune featured in Monty Python , Game of Thrones , the Outlaw King and Outlander.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was also the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
Falkirk tours , visit the Falkirk Wheel
Scottish Highlands tour – visit the amazing scenery of Scotland
Outlander tours of film locations in Scotland
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Kelpies tours, visit the amazing 30 metre high Kelpies in Falkirk
Falkirk tours and transfers, visit the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, two unique attractions connected by the Union Canal
Airport taxi transfers Falkirk offer a professional airport transfer service from Falkirk to Edinburgh Airport
Private tours Edinburgh offer a wide range of tours of Scotland’s castles , film locations and landscapes , visit Outlander , Monty Python and Outlander film locations
Lallybroch castle is the ancestral home of Outlander star Jamie Fraser , real life Midhope Castle is just 25 minutes from Edinburgh
Doune Castle pictures , Doune featured in Monty Python , Game of Thrones and Outlander
Glentana Coaches – airport transfers from Edinburgh to Glasgow Airport
Outlander tours , tour the real film locations used in Outlander, including Lallybroch and Castle Leoch
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