The Kelpies

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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.

Top Hotels Close to The Kelpies

Premier Lodge
Premier Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Westmains Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 8YE
The price is $62 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$62
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Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Grangemouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (123 reviews)
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"Lovely receptionist, I think her name was Wilma. The room was cosy and very well equipped, lots of storage, very clean and fresh. Bed on a hard side which I prefer."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

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Grange Manor
Grange Manor
4 out of 5
Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 8XJ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
$83
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Dec 10 - Dec 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Grangemouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (172 reviews)
Friendly
"Friendly and professional."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Grange Manor
Leapark Hotel
Leapark Hotel
3 out of 5
130 Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 9BX
The price is $78 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$78
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Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Grangemouth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (188 reviews)
"I cannot fault this hotel. We extended our stay from 7 to 10 days and next time we’re in Grangemouth, we’ll definitely stay at this hotel. Breakfast is excellent and was included in the price. All the staff from reception, waiting and the bar were very friendly and helpful. Internet is provided and ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

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Metro Inns Falkirk
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2.5 out of 5
Bean Cross Farm Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 0XS
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3.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 8XJ
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3 out of 5
130 Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 9BX
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Carmel Apartments
Carmel Apartments
4 out of 5
Main Office, 160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7AZ
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Helix Hotel
Helix Hotel
3 out of 5
35 Kerse Road, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK3 8HY
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Craignish Apartments
Craignish Apartments
3.5 out of 5
104 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7AE
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Beancross
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3.5 out of 5
West Beancross Farm, Grangemouth, Scotland, FK2 0XS
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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 0YB
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