The Kelpies are 30 meter tall horse head statues located in Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. Designed by sculptor Andy Scot as an ode to the horse powered heritage of Scotland, the Kelpies form an impressive portal to the eastern entrance of the Forth and Clyde canal.
The ingenious name was chosen by Scottish Canals at the beginnings of the Helix water project in 2005. Kelpies are said to be mythical creatures that had the ability to shift between horse forms and waters. The Kelpies were powerful water spirits that are said to haunt the water ways of Scotland. The imagery of the mysterious Kelpie spirits, combined with the powerful connections that horses have to the birth of modern day Scotland helped to form the idea for the statues.
The Kelpies may be reached by driving. The Helix park and the parking lots are open twenty-four hours, seven days a week all year long. For free parking you may park in the Helix Park car park or at the Falkirk Stadium which is a short walk from the Helix Park. Charges do apply to parking in The Kelpies car park, between the hours of 10am-5pm, which include; Cars- £2, Motorcycles- £1, Larger vehicles- £4.
The Kelpies may also be reached by by train in a direct twenty-five minute ride from Edinburgh to Falkirk High, or Falkirk Grahamston.
Come and see this glorious giants, and get a taste of Scottish heritage and myths, while bathing in the beauty of scottish nature.