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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.

Popular Activities at The Kelpies

Want to make your visit to The Kelpies even more memorable? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:

When arranging your excursion, you might want to think about buying a Guided Full-Day Tour of Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Kelpies and a Stirling, Glasgow & Loch Lomond Glasgow Day Tour.

Peruse our Grangemouth things to do page to learn about even more activities in the area.


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Premier Lodge $74
Premier Lodge

Premier Lodge

Westmains Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, Scotland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Grangemouth, this hotel is close to The Helix, The Kelpies, and Callendar House. Regional attractions also include Falkirk Wheel and Linlithgow Palace.

    Grange Manor $87
    Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
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    Grange Manor

    Grange Manor

    Glensburgh Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      We chose the Grange Manor due to its location to our chosen attractions and we were not disappointed. The room was of a good size and the facilities were clean. Although close to the motorway the room was surprisingly quiet. The breakfasts were more than adequate and they catered for my wife’s gluten ...

      Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa $111
      Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019
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      Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa

      Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa

      Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland
         
        3.7 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        The property is beautiful outside, the rooms are good. Bed is so comfortable too. The spa facilities are very good.

        Airth Castle Hotel & Spa $94
        Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
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        Airth Castle Hotel & Spa

        Airth Castle Hotel & Spa

        Airth, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Scotland
           
          3.4 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Visited over Easter. Staff were great. Facilities were well looked after. They had beautiful smelling candles in the lobby and an Easter egg hunt on for the kids with the Easter bunny walking around. Very enjoyable stay

          Elegant Double bed Close to Town Centre & Kelpies
          Reviewed on Aug 19, 2018
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          Elegant Double bed Close to Town Centre & Kelpies

          Elegant Double bed Close to Town Centre & Kelpies

          Falkirk, Scotland
             
            5.0 of 5
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            Chambre d'une bonne taille, très confortable. Bon accueil.

            Helix Hotel $64
            Reviewed on Jan 6, 2019
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            Helix Hotel

            Helix Hotel

            35 Kerse Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Perfect location for my trip

              Carmel Apartments $90
              Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019
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              Carmel Apartments

              Carmel Apartments

              160 Thornhill Road, Falkirk, Scotland
                 
                4.8 of 5
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                We liked that is was so clean and had everything you needed. It was well stocked with some of tge things you coukd firget like salt pepper and washing liquid etc. The apartment was also close to shops and within walking distance to town ce tre.

                Hotel Cladhan $85
                Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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                Hotel Cladhan

                Hotel Cladhan

                Kemper Avenue, Falkirk, Scotland
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Perfect location for all of the local tourist attractions - everything a 5 minute drive. Hotel has everything you need and staff are extremely helpful - the lady that checked us in was the perfect tour guide and helped us create our itinerary- thank you.