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The Kelpies feature on the new £50 note

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The Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies will feature on the new Bank of Scotland polymer £50 note, which will enter circulation in July.

The landmarks are pictured on the reverse of the note, which has also changed colour from green to red.

A new UV feature depicts a horse pulling a canal barge, representing how horses shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

The new design is part of the bank’s ongoing bridges series of notes.

The notes feature the poem Steam Barge, written by William Muir after he saw the newly-invented steam boat passing through Scotland’s Grand Canal.

Scottish Canals CEO Catherine Topley said she was “delighted” that the attractions would feature on the new note.

She said: “This decision by the Bank of Scotland pays homage to Scottish Canals’ transformation in central Scotland over the last 20 years.

“The note also complements the appearance of The Falkirk Wheel in the United Kingdom’s passports, recognising its significance to the nation’s infrastructure.”

Kelpies gifts can be bought online in the Kelpies gift shop

Kelpies gifts include kids and adult t-shirts , phone cases , hoodies , prints and tote bags

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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 £38. 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
Falkirk FK2 0NX
Phone 01324-883305
Freephone 0800-6190575
Mobile 07576-127097

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How to Get a Perfect Photo All Day

As someone who enjoys photography, your skills have to be flexible. If you are professional, it’s
imperative that you can do a shoot at any time of the day, in the case that you are booked and can’t
choose a time you’d prefer to shoot. While there are more times in the day that are not optimal than
times that are, there is always a way around any tough-shooting environment.

It’s important to remember, however, that although the time of day plays a significant factor in this
obstacle, the type of camera you have will dictate whether or not you are successful in navigating
around the problems.

Although there are a number of brands on the market, Canon cameras are a good choice for the
professional and newbie, alike. suggests they’re among the best because
of, “consistency in their lineup. For instance, the Digic II processor that is at the heart of their $5000
models is the same processor that is at the heart of their $200 models.”

So grab your camera, Canon or not, and start testing some of these techniques.


Some of the most stunning photos are of the sun rising. Whether you’re a newbie photographer or a
seasoned veteran, you’ve tried to capture the majesty of a prefect sunrise. Do you find that they just
don’t come out quite right? If you can’t seem to successfully capture the scene, consider these tips.

Tripod: Use a tripod to steady your shot. Allow the camera to do all the work, since you don’t
need to be moving.
Place the horizon: In a sunset shot, this might be one of the most important aspects. It’s best
to place the horizon toward the bottom of the photo, which will avoid putting a divider in the
middle of the picture.
Frame something: To eek every pop of color out of the sunset, frame an object against it; a tree
branch coming in from the side, a sailboat down in the water, a couple sitting together. The dark
silhouette will enhance very fleck of gold and orange.


Bright sunlight presents a serious problem; photos taken in this light risk being underexposed or too
light. However, in the case that you’ll be photographing between 10am and 4pm, when the sun is
brightest, there are a number of tactics you can utilize to ensure a quality photo.

Exposure: Set your camera to manual and utilize photo bracketing. This mode will take multiple
shots in a row, using various exposures. This will allow you to see which one works best in that
Filters: Consider purchasing a UV filler for your camera to make the photo appear darker.
Spot metering: By utilizing this tool, you can force your camera to focus on the most important
aspect of the photo, and give it the correct exposure.


Isn’t it always the problem that you see something beautiful at night, like a lit up skyline, but can never
seem to capture it. Simply turning off the flash results in a dark, sloppy picture, but leaving it on ruins
the whole scene. Next time, try one or more of these suggestions.

A lens hood: This will help minimize that pesky flash.
ISO: suggest, “Try starting with a low ISO speed to maintain clarity and
reduce noise.”
Cable release: By setting your camera to go off moments after you hit the shutter button, you
avoid any issues with stability or movement.

Next time you head out for some beautiful photos, remember these tips. Don’t be held back when
inspiration hits; be ready to capture the moment. No matter what camera you have in hand or where
the sun is sitting in the sky, these tried and true tactics will lead to a perfect photo.

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Peploe’s Coffee Pot smashes Vettriano’s record for Scottish art

A painting Still Life with Coffee Pot has broken the record price for Scottish art.
Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe’s painting fetched nearly £1 million,  breaking the record set seven years ago by Jack Vettriano with his famous The Singing Butler.
The painting was sold yesterday to a UK private collector at Christie’s in London.
Christie’s British and Scottish pictures expert Andre Zlattinger said: “It’s a masterpiece by him, a fabulous picture, and a great result.”
The price for the 1905 painting, including the buyer’s premium, was £937,250. The previous record for a work by Peploe was £623,650 for Tulips, sold by Sotheby’s in London last year. The Peploe was painted in 1905 while he was still under the influence of Manet and before he became obsessed with bright colour, was a still life with silver coffee pot, which sold for a record £937,250 to art adviser Susannah Pollen. Record prices for L S Lowry and Stanley Spencer claimed the headlines of last week’s 20th-century British Art auctions in London as Christie’s posted the highest ever total for a sale in that category – £17.9 million. A collector bought LS Lowry’s The Football Match (1947) for £5.6 million

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Valentine Rose by Jack Vettriano

 Valentine Rose print by Jack VettrianoJack Vettriano is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year in a special way with the publication of a limited edition print of his Valentine Rose. Jack Vettriano has donated edition number 1/100 to a  fund-raising auction for Maggie’s Cancer Care , which is to take place on Friday 11th February at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Limited Edition Giclee Print
20 x 16.5ins Framed size: 31.0 x 28.5ins,
Published in 2011,
Paper: 350 gsm Museum Etching paper paper ,
Edition Size: 100 + 10 Artist’s Proofs,
Signed and numbered by the artist. This limited edition print is available framed and unframed. This image was first  published as a silkscreen print

in March 2003 .
Image Size: 27 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches, 70.8 x 56.5 cms

Paper Size: 35 x 28 1/2 inches, 88.9 x 72.4 cms Paper: 400 gsm Velin Arches Blanc

Published in March 2003