Are the Kelpies the most iconic landmark in Scotland ?

Scotland has many iconic landmarks from stunning landscapes to castles and monuments.

My top five landmarks in Scotland are

the Kelpies

From the opening of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the 1770s, the barges were pulled by one or two horses which had to be changed at various stages.

The Kelpies were inspired by the Clydesdale horses used to pull barge along the canals of Scotland. Buy Kelpies gifts online – t-shirts, phone cases, throw pillows and prints

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Kelpies gift shop

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands is the most photographed castle in the world due to its unique position on an island in the middle of three lochs. Buy Eilean Donan Castle prints and gifts in the Eilean Donan Castle gift shop

Glencoe Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland consists of the three Paps of Glencoe . This iconic mountain is in the heart of the Highlands

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle , Scotland is the most popular visitor attraction in Scotland. The castle dominates the city skyline of Edinburgh . Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction . More than 1 million visitors are drawn each year by its spectacular location and history. They can see the Crown Jewels, the One O’Clock Gun and the Stone of Destiny as well as the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel, and Mons Meg. Edinburgh Castle is a world-class attraction and today’s well-traveled tourists have high expectations. The vaults at Edinburgh Castle were constructed around 1500 and later used as soldiers’ barrack-rooms and a bakehouse. However they were used for many years as prisons of war from the 1750s into the early 1800s. The Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile . If you walk down the Royal Mile you can see a large number of gift shops , pubs and restaurants . At the foot of the Royal Mile is the new Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse , the official residence of the Queen in Scotland 

Loch Lomond

How much does it cost to visit the Kelpies ?

There is no entrance fee to pay to see the Kelpies. The first car park near the entrance is free all the year round . During the summer if you go between 10am and 5pm then there is a parking fee at the second car park of £3 . The Helix’s own tour of the Kelpies costs about £2 and they run all summer . The tour includes going inside one of the Kelpies

Are the Kelpies lit up every night ?

The Kelpies are lit up with LED lights an hour after sun down every night , giving a spectacular view for motorists passing on the M9 motorway next to the Kelpies .  Lightup time changes throughout the year according to the weather and season.Kelpies go supernova, Kelpies tours from Edinburgh

Can you see the Kelpies from the M9 ?

The huge Kelpies , each one 100 feet high , are made of 600 tonnes of steel and can be clearly seen from the M9 motorway . Just keep your eyes on the road ! If your passengers want to take a picture as they pass by I would say you’re much better actually visiting the Kelpies as you really get an obscured view from the road . Two Clydesdale horses are the inspiration behind the giant Kelpie heads at Falkirk. The Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world ( and the most impressive )

Photography by David Rankin , Pictures of Scotland

Kelpies inspiration

Andy Scott, the creator of the Kelpies, has said that his inspiration came from the great heavy horses which once pulled the laden barges of coal and grain along the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Kelpies tours

They will certainly stand now as a reminder to our grandchildren of the extent to which we and our forefathers depended on our four legged friends not only on the waterways but in every single aspect of life.

To arrange a private tour of Falkirk featuring a visit to the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel , please phone (+44) 0131-549-9785 for details and bookings . Free pickup and dropoff from Edinburgh. 07305-294773 for details and availability of Scotland Tours from Edinburgh .

Before motor vehicles appeared towards the end of the 19th century – and for a good many years afterwards – horses pulled ploughs, delivery vans and carts, coaches, hearses and fire engines as well as private traps and gigs.

A century ago there were over 1000 horses at work in Falkirk alone along with dozens of blacksmiths’ shops, livery stables, feed suppliers and the rest to help keep the show on the road. The horse market at Callendar Riggs supplied the locals and horse sales were a regular feature of the famous Falkirk Trysts

From the opening of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the 1770s, the barges were pulled by one or two horses which had to be changed at various stages.

Even when steam powered vessels appeared in the early 1800s the owners preferred horses rather than risk damaging the precious waterway.

Around the same time, the first passenger boats introduced a different kind of horse which galloped along often with a ‘‘jockey’’ up top who carried a horn to ‘‘invite’’ slower boats to get out of the way.

They were still using horses to pull heavy laden barges in the 1950s and I can remember clearly seeing the handlers leading them along the towpath from Camelon to Bonnybridge.

Although Falkirk district had been a growing centre of industry for well over a century, agriculture was still of great importance.

In 1900 for example there were 84 farms listed in the area and each of them had a number of horses carrying out the heavy work of ploughing, harrowing, sowing, reaping, binding and carting the produce to market. Even after the arrival of the tractor many local farmers continued to use horses.

The coming of the railways in the 1840s increased rather than diminished the demand for carters as goods were collected from and delivered to Grahamston, the High and other local stations.

And even before steam powered locomotives, Carron Company had operated a horse drawn railway from the works up through the ‘‘back wagon’’ in Bainsford to meet the canal at Burnbank basin.

Little wonder that James Watt devised a new measure, horsepower, to compare what his new improved steam engine could achieve compared to the mighty work horses of his day.

The streets of the town were once chock-a-block with delivery horses and carts.

Aitken’s and Barr’s ‘‘lorries’’ were familiar sights and there was no more popular animal in the 1930s that the mighty Clydesdale called Carnera said to be the biggest working horse in the world.

The Co-operative Societies throughout the district employed hundreds of horses and in Falkirk they were stabled in Thornhill Road.

Falkirk Town Council also depended on horse drawn refuse collection carts and in 1891 (on Christmas Day) the convener of the council’s sanitary committee officially opened the Burgh Stables on High Station Road.

The first horse to be stabled there was called the ‘‘Provost’’ though whether this was intended as a tribute or an insult is not known!

The Kelpies fun run is Supernova

The Kelpies are Supernova ! Every November since 2015 the Kelpies have been the location for a fun run all in a good cause .

Visit the Kelpies on our Kelpies tours . Phone 07305-294773 for more details

A unique night-time race around the Kelpies is being held .
The 5k run was the first event of its kind in Scotland in 2015 .
The run takes place at dusk and it will allow participants to explore the home of the two 30-metre high horses at their best – lit up in their dark surroundings.
LED head torches and glow-sticks will make the 5k run a unique experience , immersing the runners in fantastic voyage around the 300 tonne statues.
The Supernova event is a 5K with a twist, with friends and family kitted out in anything that glows in the dark and creating a magical experience of light and sound.
Visitors to the Kelpies know that they look absolutely spectacular – especially when they’re all lit up at night .
The event is open for both experienced runners and friends and families wanting a stroll – with fancy dress strongly encouraged.

Visit the Kelpies on our Kelpies tours . Phone 07305-294773 for more details  .

the Kelpies HDR print now for sale online. The Kelpies gifts shop is open featuring prints , tshirts and Kelpies postcards.

Picture by Photogold photography

The Kelpies go Supernova

The Kelpies go Supernova ! Every November since 2015 the Kelpies have been the location for a dazzling fun run all in a good cause .

A unique night-time race around the Kelpies is being held .
The 5k run was the first event of its kind in Scotland in 2015 .
The run takes place at dusk on November 8, 9 and 10 and it will allow participants to explore the home of the two 30-metre high horses at their best – lit up in their dark surroundings.
LED head torches and glow-sticks will make the 5k run a unique experience , immersing the runners in fantastic voyage around the 300 tonne statues.
The Supernova event is a 5K with a twist, with friends and family kitted out in anything that glows in the dark and creating a magical experience of light and sound.
Visitors to the Kelpies know that they look absolutely spectacular – especially when they’re all lit up at night .
The event is open for both experienced runners and friends and families wanting a stroll – with fancy dress strongly encouraged.

Visit the Kelpies on our Kelpies tours . Phone 07305-294773 for more details  .

the Kelpies HDR print now for sale online. The Kelpies gifts shop is open featuring prints , tshirts and Kelpies postcards.

Picture by Photogold photography

Falkirk tours of the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in our Falkirk tours .

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The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world. 

For Falkirk tours phone 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Tours start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged .

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park.
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

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The Kelpies sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
More than 1 million people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.

The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with  27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix also offers an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely successful 30 metre landmark sculptures, the Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world

The aim of the project is to transform under-used 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 the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.

swan at the Kelpies tours
The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is. Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the models for the 30m (100ft) works.

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Callendar House has just achieved a
five-star rating from VisitScotland.

Callendar House has just achieved a five-star rating from VisitScotland. The 14th century building, set within Callendar Park and opened to the public in 1996 after centuries as a family home with links to Mary Queen of Scots, has achieved the national tourism organisation’s top-quality award. The House dates back to the 14th century.

 the Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk tours
The Forth and Clyde Canal towpath to the Falkirk Wheel is included in the new John Muir Way and also has links to local paths.

 

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£150 for up to four people

Exclusions –

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Boat trip at the Falkirk Wheel .  Details of tickets and times of this boat trip are on the Scottish canals website
  • Gratuities (optional)

Over fifty photo gifts of the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel are available for purchase online including souvenir t-shirts, phone cases, prints and throw pillows .

What is the story behind the Kelpies ?

What are the Kelpies ?

The Kelpies are 30 metre high sculptures of Clydesdale horses , a unique tribute to the work horses of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the freight barges and coalships along the canals of Scotland in the nineteenth century . Canals shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The Kelpies are the centrepiece of the Helix Park in Falkirk .

the Kelpies video

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk in our Private Kelpies tours. The Falkirk Wheel replaced nine locks on the Union Canal , saving travellers half a day on the journey to Edinburgh .

the kelpies, Helix tours

Falkirk tours

Tours start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is your hotel in Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged .

Kelpies tours , the Helix , Falkirk
Kelpies tours , Falkirk

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£170 for 2 people

£190 for 3 people

£210 for 4 people

Lunch and refreshments  are not included in the price

Book this tour now online or on 07305-294773 .

In an amazing feat of engineering, The Kelpies rose from the ground in just 90 days, in late 2013.

Construction of The Kelpies began on 17th  June 2013. The two enormous structures were manufactured and installed by SH Structures Limited In a remarkable feat of engineering, the sculptures rose out of the ground in a stunning construction process, captured in all its glory by Walid Salhab in his dramatic time-lapse stop-motion film.

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The build was officially completed on 27th November 2013, and was celebrated with a ‘topping-out’ ceremony featuring Duke and Baron, the Clydesdale life models for The Kelpies.

Private Kelpies tours

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk in our Private Kelpies tours.

Falkirk tours

Tours start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is your hotel in Edinburgh city centre or the airport . 

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

Kelpies tours can be booked on 07305-294773
Kelpies tours can be booked on 07305-294773 . The Kelpies horse-head sculptures are the the UK’s biggest pieces of public art.

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£160 for up to 4 people

Lunch and refreshments are not included in the price

Book this tour now

Buy Kelpies t-shirts and prints online on our gift shop

What are the Kelpies ?

The Kelpies are 100 feet high sculptures of 2 Clydesdale horses , the largest equine sculptures in the world , a unique tribute to the horses used to pull barges along the canals in Scotland in the 19th century, visit the Kelpies gift shop for t-shirts, prints, stickers, phone cases and throw pillows

Can you go inside the Kelpies ?

Yes you can Go inside one of the Kelpies on the tour at the Helix , our online gift shop features phone cases, t-shirts, stickers,prints, throw pillows and many more Unique photo gifts

Visit the Kelpies in Falkirk

Visit the Kelpies in Falkirk

The Kelpies have become one of the top tourist attractions in Scotland .

Airport taxi transfers to The Kelpies in Falkirk  can be booked in advance online or by phone on  07576-127097. We have a range of fixed price deals for transfers from Edinburgh city centre .

Falkirk to Edinburgh Airport from £30. Stirling to Edinburgh Airport from £50 . We specialise in long distance airport transfers to all the major cities of  Scotland. Discount fares from Airport taxis
Airport transfers Falkirk to Glasgow airport can be booked online or by phone on 01324-883305 . Ask for our cheapest quote for Edinburgh airport taxis to Falkirk and Polmont. A taxi from Edinburgh to Falkirk costs from £30 .

Advance booking , on 07576-127097 ,  is always advised for passengers requiring a taxi . Passengers who have booked a taxi from Edinburgh Airport should go to the dropoff zone in the centre of the multistorey carpark outside the terminal .

Journey times

Edinburgh Airport to Falkirk  – 30 minutes

Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow city centre  – 60 minutes

Edinburgh Airport to St Andrews  – 60 minutes

Bookings – Phone 07576-127097

Quotes – Freephone 0800-6190575  24 hours

 

Fixed Price Special Offers

The hard work and dedication we show to all of our clients has enabled us to gain an enviable reputation in the local area of which we are very proud. This is due to the punctual and reliable services we provide to all our clients.

For more information about pick-ups and drop-offs at Edinburgh Airport , read our Edinburgh Airport guide .

 

Airport Taxi transfers Falkirk, phone 01324-883305.
Airport taxi transfers Falkirk 
40 Dunvegan Place
Polmont
Falkirk FK2 0NX
Phone 01324-883305
Freephone 0800-6190575
Mobile 07576-127097

A swan visits the Kelpies


The Kelpies sculptures have been a huge success as a visitor attraction in Falkirk , bringing in thousands of visitors to the area .
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The Kelpies sculptures were open to the public in April last year.  The Kelpies and The John Muir Way will also be unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. The artwork will be on display inside The Kelpies for three weeks afterwards for tour guests to admire.

swan visits the Kelpies video

 Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013.

The Helix Park project has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The Kelpies pictures and gifts

 The Kelpies sculptures have become Scotland’s best known cultural landmark . The Kelpies gifts shop features Kelpies phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, stickers , greeting cards , t-shirts , prints and throw pillows .

Unfortunately the Kelpies are closed at the moment ( officially anyway ) but you can still take a virtual tour of them online. 

Kelpies tours can be booked on 07305-294773
Kelpies tours can be booked on 07305-294773 . The Kelpies horse head sculptures are the the UK’s biggest pieces of public art.

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk .

 

Book your Falkirk tours online

Tours start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

kelpies tours
Kelpies tours 07305-294773

We stop for an hour at each location .

The Kelpies sculptures were open to the public in April last year. An exhibition of local schools kids artwork celebrating The Kelpies and The John Muir Way were unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. 

 Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013.

The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

How long does it take to visit the Kelpies ?

I would recommend about an hour for visiting the Kelpies , take a walk around them , take a few selfies then a coffee at the visitor centre if it’s open then take a look at our online Kelpies gifts including phone cases, stickers , greeting cards , t-shirts , posters, prints and throw pillowsKelpies tours can be booked on 07305-294773

What is the story behind the Kelpies ?

The Kelpies are a tribute to the Clydesdale horses used to pull barges along the canals of Scotland in the 19th century. The Kelpies are the largest equine sculptures in the world . Each one is 100 feet high and made from 300 tonnes of steel . The Kelpies gifts shop features Kelpies phone cases, stickers , greeting cards , t-shirts , prints and throw pillows .

what Kelpies gifts are available ?

The Kelpies gifts shop features Kelpies phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, stickers , greeting cards , t-shirts , prints and throw pillows .