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The Kelpies

Falkirk’s famous horse sculptures became instantly iconic the moment they were unveiled and today they are one of the most popular sights in central Scotland.

Marvel at the power and scale of The Kelpies, two spectacular statues that sit on the edge of Falkirk. The sculptures are of two horse heads, which loom an impressive 98 feet (30 meters) high and represent both Celtic mythology and Scotland’s horse-powered past. While visiting this impressive art installation, explore the rest of Helix Park, which features cycle paths, watersports and expansive parkland.

Learn about the mythological beasts that inspired the sculptures on a tour of the site. Kelpies were creatures that possessed the strength of 100 horses, which inspired sculptor Andy Scott to create these monuments. Each horse head is made from 330 tons (300 tonnes) of steel, although the sculptures took only 90 days to build in 2013.

Tours last for 30 minutes, shedding light on the story behind the now-iconic installation. Join one of these daily tours to go inside one the of the sculptures, where you can see the engineering up close. Book ahead to guarantee a spot on the tour.

End your trip to The Kelpies at the visitor center, which sells merchandise featuring the famous horses. The center also has a café as well as exhibitions on the history of Falkirk and the surrounding area.

After meeting The Kelpies, enjoy the other attractions in Helix Park. Bring your bike to the park and explore the 310 miles (500 kilometers) of cycle paths that are connected to the trails in Helix Park.

Paddle out onto the park’s lagoon on a pedal-boat to enjoy the peaceful experience of drifting beneath The Kelpies. Canoeing and kayaking is also available during local school holiday months. A play area with fountains and water jets is popular with younger visitors to the park.

Metered parking is available at The Kelpies, which are located directly next to a major road. Free parking is available at Falkirk Stadium, just a short walk away. Drive for about 45 minutes from Edinburgh or Glasgow to reach the site.


Best Lodging Options Near The Kelpies

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Grange Manor $101
Grange Manor

Grange Manor

Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Grangemouth, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from The Helix and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Callendar House. Falkirk Wheel and Linlithgow Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Premier Lodge $65
    Premier Lodge

    Premier Lodge

    Westmains Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, Scotland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Grangemouth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Helix and The Kelpies. Callendar House and Falkirk Wheel are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Carmel Apartments $105
      Carmel Apartments

      Carmel Apartments

      Main Office, 160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Falkirk, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Helix and Callendar House. The Kelpies and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 11 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 29 minutes.

        Craignish Apartments $133
        Craignish Apartments

        Craignish Apartments

        104 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Falkirk, this spa apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from The Helix and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Falkirk Wheel. Callendar House and The Kelpies are also within 2 mi (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 11 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 28 minutes.

          Helix Hotel $74
          Helix Hotel

          Helix Hotel

          35 Kerse Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Kelpies, The Helix, and Callendar House. Falkirk Wheel and Muiravonside Country Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            The Graeme Hotel
            The Graeme Hotel

            The Graeme Hotel

            40 Grahams Road, Falkirk, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Falkirk, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Callendar House and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Falkirk Wheel. The Helix and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is only a 2-minute walk and Falkirk High Station is 20 minutes.

              Weedingshall Lodges $117
              Weedingshall Lodges

              Weedingshall Lodges

              Old Edinburgh Road, Polmont A803, Falkirk, Scotland
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Callendar House, The Helix, and The Kelpies. Falkirk Wheel and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km). Falkirk Polmont Station is 20 minutes by foot.

                Orchard Hotel
                Orchard Hotel

                Orchard Hotel

                2 Kerse Lane, Falkirk, Scotland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Falkirk, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Callendar House and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Falkirk Wheel. The Helix and Falkirk Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km). Falkirk Grahamston Station is 6 minutes by foot and Falkirk High Station is 16 minutes.