Kelpies Scotland tours

Tour the amazing Kelpies in Falkirk with Private tours Edinburgh. Book now on Whatsapp +447305294773

In the 19th century Clydesdale horses played a crucial role in Scotland , pulling freight barges along the canals .
The pair of sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
The Kelpies Falkirk were open to the public in 2014 and have been a huge success story with over seven million visitors .

The Helix is a £43 million project which has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Helix is a leisure park featuring walkways , a lagoon , children’s play area and the Kelpies

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What are the top questions people ask about the Kelpies ?

When people see a picture of the Kelpies or a friend mentions them it often piques their curiosity . So how do you find out more about the Kelpies ? We are here to help and answer the most important questions about the Kelpies .

How much is a tour of The Kelpies ?

We run a private tour of the Kelpies which also includes a visit to the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling Castle . This tour costs £275 and can be booked online or by phone / Whatsapp on +447305294773 .

How long is The Kelpies tour ?

On our private tour of the Kelpies we spend an hour at the Kelpies – plenty of time to take photographs , a few selfies and a cup of coffee too .

Are the Kelpies worth visiting ?

The Kelpies are definitely worth visiting . Each Kelpie is 100 feet high and made out of 300 tonnes of steel . Over 7 million visitors have come to the Kelpies in the last 10 years , a testament to their ability to inspire this amazing tribute to the Clydesdale horses of yesteryear .

The Kelpies, located in Falkirk, Scotland, are a major tourist attraction and an iconic example of public art. The most common questions people tend to ask about the Kelpies include:

  1. What are the Kelpies ? People often want to know what the Kelpies represent. They are 30-meter high horse-head sculptures, designed by sculptor Andy Scott. The sculptures represent the shape-shifting water spirits of Scottish folklore, which often took the form of horses.
  2. Why were the Kelpies built? The Kelpies were built as a monument to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage, particularly relating to the nearby canals and the history of working horses in Scotland.
  3. Who created the Kelpies? This question refers to the creator, Andy Scott, a Scottish sculptor known for his large-scale installations which often feature cultural themes relevant to the sites where they are installed.
  4. How were the Kelpies constructed? Interested in the technical aspects, people often inquire about the construction materials and process. The sculptures are made of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding and were completed in 2014 . There is a time lapse video on Youtube of the construction of the Kelpies.
  5. Can you go inside the Kelpies? Visitors are curious about whether they can enter the sculptures. Guided tours are available , bookable from the visitor centre , that allow visitors to explore the interior of one of the Kelpies.
  6. What is the best time to visit the Kelpies? Questions about visiting hours, the best time of year to visit, and when the sculptures are illuminated at night are common among tourists planning their visits.
  7. Is there an entrance fee? People often ask about the cost of visiting the Kelpies, including whether there are any fees for parking or for guided tours inside the sculptures. There is no entrance fee for visiting the Kelpies. Parking is free at the first car park and there is a fee for parking at the second car park near the entrance .Parking is also available across the road at the Falkirk FC stadium , except on match days .

These questions capture a mix of practical information for planning visits and a deeper curiosity about the artistic and cultural significance of the Kelpies.

How much is a tour of The Kelpies ?

We run a private tour of the Kelpies which also includes a visit to the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling Castle . This tour costs £275 and can be booked online or by phone / Whatsapp on +447305294773 . You can go inside the Kelpies, but only on a guided tour and you book these through the visitor centre at the Helix . It currently cost £7.50/Adult and £6.50/Concession.

Why were the Kelpies built ?

The Kelpies were built as a tribute to Scotland’s horse-powered industrial heritage, particularly relating to the nearby canals and the history of working horses in Scotland, in particular the Clydesdale horses .

Who created the Kelpies ?

The Kelpies were designed by Andy Scott, a Scottish sculptor known for his large-scale installations which often feature cultural themes relevant to the sites where they are installed.

Can you see the Kelpies at night ?

Yes, you can see the Kelpies at night as they are lit up . The Kelpies look amazing at night. Prints of the Kelpies at night are available on this websiteKelpies eco prints shop has Kelpies canvas prints 166

The Kelpies get their own Christmas skating rink

Falkirk’s iconic Kelpies are to get a festive skating rink for the first time this Christmas as it looks to boost its income after it emerged its Helix Park home is currently running at a £600,000 loss. The council shocked everyone when they announced that the Kelpies were running at a huge loss , mainly because of the cost of maintaining the Helix Park and despite getting 800,000 visitors last year .

Falkirk council announced this week that tickets are now on sale for a family friendly Christmas skating rink beside the iconic sculptures that will be open from December 16 to January 7.

Reaction on social media has been very positive with hundreds of people eager to try the new experience of skating on synthetic ice that promises to be softer than the real thing for children and beginners.

The organisers also promise that the synthetic ice is an eco-friendly choice that will be gentler on the environment than traditional ice rinks.

The event promises to be just the first of many as Falkirk Council recently agreed a new five-year strategy that it hopes will help increase visitor numbers ( and hopefully income ) for the 300-hectare park to one million a year.

The Kelpies prints are for sale in our gift shop . Kelpies tours can be booked online or on +447305294773

The Kelpies at night go Supernova !

A unique night-time race around the Kelpies is being held in November  . The 5k run was the first event of its kind in Scotland in 2015 . Visit the Kelpies on our unique Kelpies tours with free hotel pickup from Edinburgh . Phone +447305-294773 for more details . The Kelpies at night print is now for sale online. Kelpeis t-shirts and gifts can be bought online at the Kelpies gifts shop , now featuring unique prints , tshirts and Kelpies postcards.
The run takes place at dusk on November 13 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.

The Kelpies at night print is a unique image of the biggest equine sculpture in the world .

Picture by Photogold photography

Kelpies creator reveals his greatest ambition

Andy Scott , the sculptor behind Scotland’s iconic Kelpies landmark has said he wants to design a statue dedicated to comedian Billy Connolly.

Andy Scott, who has a number of notable sculptures around the world, said as an “informal ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland”, the Big Yin deserves a tribute to him to be built.

Scott described Connolly, originally from Glasgow but now living in Florida, as “one of the funniest comedians ever, as well as a great actor and all-round entertainer”.

Designing a statue to Connolly would demonstrate the “impact he’s had on Scottish culture”, Scott added.

In 2011 Scott unveiled a huge steel mural of Connolly on a wall close to Connolly’s birthplace overlooking the shipyards where he once worked. The comedian said he was “extremely grateful” to be honoured in that way.

Connolly said “I consider myself a citizen of the world, but I was born and raised in Glasgow – it is where my first children were born – where I learnt to play the banjo – where I served my apprenticeship as a welder, and where I first performed in public.

“My heart beats to the rhythm of Glasgow – it is in my blood.”

Last month, Connolly, now retired from comedy, said the the challenge of dealing with Parkinsons were getting worse but added he continued to enjoy filming TV shows.

The 78-year-old also made light of the troubles he experiences, saying on his last tour he told members of the audience: “Good evening, symptom spotters”.

He has recently filmed a five-part series for the UK Gold channel, which will see Connolly reflect on his career and life.

The Kelpies private tours

The Kelpies in Helix Park are 30 metre high sculptures of two Clydesdale horses , Duke and Baron , a unique tribute to the horses that used to pull freight barges along the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal in Scotland in the 19th century . Designer Andy Scott is from Glasgow . His latest sculpture is one of Sergio Aguerro , the Manchester City player who scored the goal to win the Premiership for City .

Kelpies tours make the perfect Kelpies gift for fans of this amazing sculpture .

Kelpies Tours start at 10.00 am . Phone +447305-294773 for details and bookings .

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

Kelpies Falkirk tours Itinerary

  • 6 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling castle
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by private 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 –

£195 for up to four people

The Kelpies jigsaw puzzles

The Kelpies , the Helix, Falkirk jigsaw puzzle.

The Kelpies canvas prints

We take time to carefully print, make and wrap your items before delivery.

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world. 
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.
More than one million people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.

The pair of sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
The Kelpies Falkirk were open to the public in 2014. An exhibition of local schools kids artwork celebrating The Kelpies and The John Muir Way will also be unveiled by Kelpie artist Andy Scott. The artwork was on display inside The Kelpies for three weeks afterwards for tour guests to admire.

The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which has transformed 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Helix is a leisure park featuring walkways , a lagoon , children’s play area and the Kelpies

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.

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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 David Rankin Photogold

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