The Kelpies Supernova run is back !

The Kelpies Supernova run returns

Great news for fun runners and Kelpies fans – the supernova 5K is going to return to Falkirk after the success of the event in the town in the past.Runners have been asked to dig out their fluorescent clothing and grab anything that glows and flashes for the event.

The 5k run was the first event of its kind in Scotland back 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 HDR print is now for sale online. Kelpies t-shirts and gifts can be bought online at the Kelpies prints shop , now featuring unique canvas prints , travel mugs , t-shirts and Kelpies postcards.
Visitors to the Kelpies know that they look absolutely spectacular – especially when they’re all lit up at night .

Book your Kelpies tour now .

Picture by  David Rankin , Photogold

Those participating will run the route around The Kelpies in Helix Park which will be lit up to create a spectacular sight.

People of all ages and abilities have been invited to take part.

They also have the option of using the opportunity to fundraise for one of Supernova’s Affiliate Charities, which are local and national.

This includes Strathcarron Hospice in Denny which is marking 40 years of service this year.

The Supernova Kelpies 5K returns to Helix Park & The Kelpies on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th March 2024 .

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The Kelpies Falkirk , Scotland canvas prints and gifts

Check out our unique Kelpies prints collection including canvas prints ,  Kelpies t-shirts ,  travel mugs  and water bottles

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

Council announce new plan for the Kelpies , Scotland after loss

The home of Falkirk’s iconic Kelpies in Scotland has shocked fans and supporters with the news of a loss of £600,000 a year despite being one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.

The 300-hectare site costs £2.1m to maintain every year but generates an income of just £1.5m from its cafes and visitor centre, Kelpie tours and car parking.

Created almost ten years ago, the Kelpies in Scotland have become one of the most recognisable tourist attractions. An estimated 600,000 visitors to the Helix in 2021, spent in the region of £84m supporting local businesses and jobs.

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Members of Falkirk Council  have agreed a new strategy for visitors that hopes to welcome one million visitors a year by 2028, in the hope that many will stay longer in the district and spend more money locally.

The five-year strategy aims to increase the income to £1.75m, while protecting the award-winning environment.

Manager Lesley O’Hare said that the intention is to “close the gap between income and expenditure by growing income rather than looking at cuts to our expenditure”. One possibility is increasing the car parking charges or prices at the visitor centre . Or maybe a Photo Booth that you often see at weddings . 

Members heard that the visitor centre – including the cafe and gift shop – welcomed 436,912 visitors, smashing its annual target of 375,000. However, it is currently almost at capacity and improvements being suggested include extending the visitor centre and cafe to provide shelter for the many people who visit the Helix park with their dogs.

They also want to increase the number of events that are held by other organisations that will provide a good income without any risk to the council. This year the Helix had ‘bungee jumps’ and a zipline as well as a visiting Luminarium that visitors paid to enjoy.

The Supernova Kelpies 5k run has been popular in the past and it is due to take place again next year . 

The new strategy for the Kelpies in Scotland looks at new ways to promote active travel around the area.

This includes plans to encourage visitors to follow a new  ‘Heart of Falkirk’ trail, linking the Helix with other key attractions, including the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and the district’s two new distilleries, the Polmont distillery and the revived Rosebank brand , 

But one councillor  called for a business plan that would allow the site to at least break even.

He said: “I was shocked to discover at today’s Falkirk Council meeting that the Helix Park is making a financial loss of £600,000 per year. The Kelpies are one of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions but figures show that Falkirk Council makes less that £2 per visitor.”

Ms O’Hare told members they have been exploring opportunities to increase spending per head.

She said: “If we were just running a visitor centre, it would be very, very different and we would be operating at a surplus, but the management of that scale of green space that requires the level of maintenance that it does, comes at a cost.

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The Kelpies Falkirk , Scotland

The Kelpies tour of Falkirk

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling Castle , tour three five star attractions in Falkirk . Tour the Kelpies the largest equine sculptures in the world. Six hour private tour around Falkirk for up to four passengers

On this private tour you can visit the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Striling Castle in Falkirk with Private Tours Edinburgh . Phone +44131-549-9785, Whatsapp +447305294773 for more details or contact us online .. This tour costs £295 for a group of up to four people . Your driver / guide is an experienced tour guide and travel photographer based in Falkirk and he will give you a running commentary on places of interest plus information about the history of each location on this tour .

Private tours start at 10 am weekdays . Other times are available at weekends. For more information please phone +447305-294773 or check it online .

Normal pickup point is your Edinburgh city centre hotel, Airbnb or your port.

For more details about availability phone +447305-294773 or check it online .

Private tours Edinburgh  Phone +447305294773 for more details or contact us online .

Our unique range of Kelpies travel mugs , t-shirts , gifts and stickers are available online . Kelpies gifts are also available . Edinburgh t-shirts

Itinerary

six hour private tour group day trip around day trip around Falkirk

  • Explore the world famous Falkirk Kelpies , a unique tribute to the Clydesdale horses that used to pull barges along the canals of Scotland
  • the Kelpies are the largest equine sculpture in the world
  • the Falkirk Wheel , a unique rotating boat lift
  • historic Callendar House featuring a working kitchen
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • day trips from Edinburgh to three five star attractions
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people
  • phone +447305-294773 for more details

Falkirk Wheel

Explore the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk in our Private Falkirk tours. Since its opening in 2002 the Wheel has become one of Scotland’s busiest tourist attractions, drawing visitors from all over the world. The Falkirk Wheel replaced nine locks on the Union Canal , saving travellers half a day on their journey to Edinburgh . The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world , designed to transfer boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal . A boat trip over the Falkirk Wheel is available from April to November ( not included in the tour price ) . Boat Trip TimesWe recommend you turn up at least 20 mins before your booked boat trip.

  • 11.20
  • 12.30
  • 13.40

The world famous Kelpies

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest equine sculptures in the world and they have become Scotland’s best known cultural landmark with over two million visitors .

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 have become the most famous equine sculptures in the world . VisitBritain has dubbed them ‘Kai Po Ju Ma’ which translates as “glorious armoured giant horses”.

For more details about availability phone / Whatsapp +44131 549 9785 / +447305-294773 .

Visit the Kelpies gift shop for 50 different photo gifts including t-shirts , throw pillows and prints . Free pickup and dropoff in Edinburgh

The Kelpies, Helix Park , Falkirk Canvas Print – over 50 photo gifts

Callendar House in Falkirk has just received 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.

For core experience, catering, hospitality, friendliness, staff efficiency and cleanliness it reached “exceptional” standard following a Quality Assurance visit.

The Kelpies Supernova night run is this weekend

The supernova 5K is set to return to Falkirk this weekend after the success of the event in the town in the past.Runners have been asked to dig out their fluorescent clothing and grab anything that glows and flashes for the event.

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 HDR print is now for sale online. Kelpies t-shirts and gifts can be bought online at the Kelpies prints shop , now featuring unique canvas prints , travel mugs , t-shirts and Kelpies postcards.
Visitors to the Kelpies know that they look absolutely spectacular – especially when they’re all lit up at night .

Picture by  David Rankin , Photogold

Those participating will run the route around The Kelpies in Helix Park which will be lit up to create a spectacular sight.

People of all ages and abilities have been invited to take part.

They also have the option of using the opportunity to fundraise for one of Supernova’s Affiliate Charities, which are local and national.

This includes Strathcarron Hospice in Denny which is marking 40 years of service this year.

While Saturday November 13 and Sunday November 14 have sold out, there are still remaining spaces for 8pm on Friday November 12.

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

The Kelpies feature on the new £50 note

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

Why 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. Kelpies tours can be booked online or phone +447305294773 .

Our Five star tours available for booking include

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

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.

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 )

Take a Highlands Scotland tour from Edinburgh and discover the beauty of Scotland’s landscapes. Late bookings can be made by phone / WhatsApp +447305294773.

Photography by David Rankin , Photogold

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