The Kelpies

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Grangemouth which includes outdoor art

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.

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Top Hotels Close to The Kelpies

Premier Lodge
Premier Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Westmains Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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).
4.6/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
"The reception extremely friendly, room simple but smelled so clean."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Premier Lodge
Grange Manor
Grange Manor
4 out of 5
Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
The price is $97 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in Grangemouth, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from The Helix and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Callendar House. Falkirk Wheel and Linlithgow Palace are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (121 reviews)
"Lovely room and enjoyed breakfast and meals. We do not eat large so smaller portions would be great. Easy walk to The Kelpies watch for busy trafffc though. Staff at restaurant and reception really nice."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Grange Manor
Kelpies Serviced Apartments
Kelpies Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
30 Newmarket St, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $121 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Falkirk, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Callendar House, Falkirk Golf Club, and The Helix. The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel are also within 3 mi ...
3.8/5 Good! (5 reviews)
Not an appartment
"Please be aware, these are not appartments! At best its a small, very small budget hotel room with a fridge & microwave. The sink is so small its unusable & the tap was very loose. There is nowhere to dry your towels, so still damp in the morning. No proper chair so you have to sit on the bed. I ..."

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

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OYO Metro Inns Falkirk
OYO Metro Inns Falkirk
2.5 out of 5
Bean Cross Farm Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $33 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $79 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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4 out of 5
Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
The price is $97 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
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Kelpies Serviced Apartments
Kelpies Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
30 Newmarket St, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $121 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $119 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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Carmel Apartments
Carmel Apartments
4 out of 5
Main Office, 160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
The price is $114 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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Helix Hotel
3 out of 5
35 Kerse Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
The price is $128 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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Craignish Apartments
Craignish Apartments
3.5 out of 5
104 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
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Beancross
Beancross
3.5 out of 5
West Beancross Farm, Grangemouth, Scotland
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