When I found we would be able to see the huge Kelpies from the motorway, a part of me thought “Ah that’ll do!”. I wasn’t actually that fussed seeing them “live” and up close, as they’re just a pair of horse heads aren’t they? A few people kept saying not to do that and to stop and stare and take them in and we ended up deciding that we would stop for about 10 minutes and then rush off to Stirling castle. I’m pretty sure we ended up staying a whole hour in the end. Possibly a bit more as it took FOREVER to change screaming Baby E’s nappy in the changing room.
They are really really impressive. They were built by the artist Andy Scott as a tribute to all the working horses that pulled heavy workloads up the canals and the Kelpies are very aptly situated next to the canal, where most of the work horses worked through the years. Falkirk is where Andy Scott’s dad came from so it seems like a really fitting place to erect the beautiful heads. The name “Kelpies” comes from the mythological creatures that possess the strength of 100 horses. They stand at 30 metres tall (100 ft) and took 8 years to build. They’re a steel construction but the detail is just so amazing and you’ll find yourself staring at them from all angles for quite a while. If you like taking pictures then you’ll probably just keep circling them and taking all sorts of shots.
It was windy and rainy the day we visited and we were all wrapped up in coats and hats for the entire week. Weirdly, it wasn’t cold but its all so open to the elements around the Kelpies that it feels very blustery. There was a 45 minute tour that wasn’t going to happen for another half hour so we decided to skip it and do our own exploring. It’s probably worth doing if you have the time as you get to see the inside of it which has been described like having the same acoustics as a cathedral in the way your voice bounces off the walls. It’s a vast space inside and would have been interesting to see. I think the baby would have loved it immensely. He’s taken to screaming every 10 seconds, especially if he find his voice echoes. It would have been quite the treat for him. Probably not so much for the other visitors. If you do happen to be in the area then its a must see. I really wanted a Kelpies mug (these days I really just want a mug of everywhere) but it was a tiny bit pricey so I’ve settled for a good old Scotland one. It’s worth checking out the gift shop too though!