Stare in amazement at two giant steel horse heads and enjoy the scenery in this quaint parkland village.
A lively port town for many centuries, Grangemouth is a serene retreat near the Firth of Forth and the Forth and Clyde Canal. It is best known for the Helix, a project using green space and waterways around the village for family-fun activities.
Gaze at the iconic horse sculptures known as the Kelpies in the Helix. The equine structures are made from steel, reaching a height of 100 feet (30 meters). Enter one of the horses to inspect its intricate internal arrangement. The statues pay tribute to the horse power that contributed to Scotland’s development.
Travel west for 5 miles (8 kilometers) to reach the Falkirk Wheel, among Scotland’s most popular sites. Walk on water in an inflatable ball and watch the world’s first rotating boat lift in action. Its visitor center contains activities and exhibits about the lift.
Bring a picnic to one of the green patches in the village center. Stroll along the banks of the Grange Burn running through Zetland Park past rose gardens, tennis courts and large fields for games.
Saunter along the woodland paths of Inchyra Park and join a game of soccer or rugby. Watch athletic events at the adjacent Grangemouth Stadium, which was constructed in 1966.
Practice your swing at Grangemouth Golf Club in the southeastern section of the village. It has excellent facilities and a pro shop. Enjoy a meal and a beer with views of the picturesque course.
Note that winters are relatively mild given the northern latitude of the village. The climate is temperate, with pleasant summers. Refer to locals as Portonians, which alludes to the village’s port town history.
Find the village of Grangemouth in the northeastern outskirts of Falkirk, between the town and the entrance to the Firth of Forth. Drive the 25-mile (40-kilometer) journey west from Edinburgh in 45 minutes or take a train and a bus in the same amount of time.
In Grangemouth, innovation and art prosper beside scenic waterways and green parks.