VISIT THE KELPIES
Visit The Kelpies with Falkirk Hire Boats, Scotland’s newest and most exciting addition to some of the most beautiful Art and Architecture to be found in the land.
The Kelpies are two 30 metre high horse head sculptures which stand guard over the new canal extension. A true engineering wonder and the newest addition to the stunning Forth and Clyde canal network. They are the largest equine sculptures in the world and a monumental tribute to the horse power heritage which was vital to Scotland’s canal networks early industries.
These two sculptures are the centrepiece to Scotland’s newest parkland, The Helix. This space has 27km of pathways to discover on land. The Kelpies hub now has a visitor centre, cafe and gift shop and if you want to find out more about these amazing mythical creatures, you can take The Kelpies tour and experience them from the inside!
Inspiration for The Kelpies came from the heavy horses which pulled boats and cargo along the towpaths of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in their heyday. The transport arteries of the Industrial Revolution, the canals and the horses that walked them played a huge role in the development of the area. The sculptures’ name was derived from the mythical Celtic water horses which could transform their shape and which were reputed to have the strength of 10 horses and the endurance of many more.
Originally envisioned as a moving boat lift, during the early design process the notion of The Kelpies changed to monumental sculptures symbolising the industrial past of both the canal and the communities that line its banks. Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott – Scotland’s best-known equine sculptor – transformed The Kelpies from idea to reality, imagining a colossal gateway towering either side of the canal to welcome weary sailors and visitors to the nation’s hospitable shores.