The Central Highlands Travel Guide

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The Kelpies

  • A9 and Falkirk Rd. Map It
  • Falkirk
  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The Helix, a country park on the edges of Falkirk with cycle and walking paths, play areas, and a wetland, is home to sculptor Andy Scott's extraordinary The Kelpies, horse heads forged in steel, 85 and 98 feet high respectively. The largest works of art in Scotland, they sit at the center of the park, their beautiful heads framed against the Ochil Hills behind, paying homage to Falkirk's industrial past. The heads are modeled on Clydesdales, the huge draft horses that hauled barges along the canals before the advent of the railways. A special guided tour (book online for convenience) gives you an insight into the area's past and takes you inside the sculptures, and there is a visitor center with a café and gift shop.

Sight Information


The Helix, A9 and Falkirk Rd., Falkirk, Falkirk, FK2 9EE, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Park free; £7.50 tour

Published 05/04/2017


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