Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Adventures Away: The Kelpies, Falkirk

We visited the Kelpies on one of those days where the weather can change within the blink of an eye. The sun was shining as we set off and it was a very pretty drive (just under an hour away to Falkirk from Edinburgh) but as we parked, dark clouds loomed and the rain absolutely belted down for a good fifteen minutes with no let-up.  First rule of visiting any Scottish landmarks - bring an umbrella or a raincoat! However, once the downpour stopped we were treated to an impressive stormy backdrop which made the Kelpies really stand out.  Created by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott and named after the mythical Scottish creatures who dwelled by lochs, had the strength of ten horses and appeared as horses or hoofed humans the 30 metre tall sculptures convey a steely mix of strength and animalism.  All art is of course very personal, and the Kelpies have had a mixed reaction from some critics, but I loved looking at the huge imposing heads, wild in the air.

You can take a guided tour of the sculptures for a fiver including a wee talk on them and a visit inside too.  There's also a very nice looking canal walk to be had and the Helix play park looks like a cool place for kids to visit, but sadly, due to the weather, we didn't venture much further.  We'll save it for another day, with wellies at the ready!

Have you visited the Kelpies in Falkirk yet?  What did you think of them?


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