Rising from the green ashes of a Scottish eco-park, The Kelpies are Scotland’s largest public art installation. Inspiring visitors and passing motorists, the water-borne equine creatures are the brainchild of Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott, who modelled them on industrial heavy horses.
Opening to the public at Helix Park, Falkirk (near Edinburgh) in April 2014, The Kelpies are 30-metre high horse-head sculptures and Scotland’s newest cultural landmark.
A ‘kelpie’ is a shape-changing water spirit of Scottish legend, which are said to haunt rivers and lochs, usually in the shape of a horse. Andy Scott’s award-winning public art project was inspired by Scotland’s industrial heritage.
Heavy horses were once the powerhouse of Scotland’s central belt, working in the foundries, the fields, farms and the nearby Forth & Clyde canal.
After undergoing a spectacular metamorphosis at Helix Park, The Kelpies have become a beautiful testament to modern Scottish history. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have toured the site since it opened in April 2014 and The Kelpies provide a wonderful companion to Falkirk’s other leading tourist attraction The Falkirk Wheel.
Whether you’re coming to see the horse head sculptures or exploring nearby Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, there is a rich casket of wonders just waiting to be discovered in Central Scotland.
How to Get to The Helix
- Visitors arriving by train can get to Falkirk High Street Station from both Glasgow and Edinburgh in less than 25 minutes.
- From London you can travel direct to Falkirk Grahamston (5 hours) or change at Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Where to stay in central Scotland
- Willy Wallace Backpacker Hostel in Stirling is the nearest hostel to The Kelpies and they have comfy dorms available from €19.
- Malone’s Old Town Hostel in Edinburgh is a budget friendly hostel situated above Malone’s Irish Bar in the historic Old Town. Dorms are available from €20.
- Haggis Hostels in Edinburgh offer clean dorms and rooms in an 18th-century Georgians building close to Waverley Station. Dorms are available from €24.
- Bluesky Hostel in Glasgow is a super friendly hostel close to Glasgow’s School of Art. Close to both major train stations and Buchanan Street, it’s ideal for exploring wider Scotland. Dorms are available from €14.
- Euro Hostels Glasgow is budget friendly hostel in central Glasgow close to both major train stations and is perfect for exploring central Scotland. Dorms are available from €19.