Things do to in Scotland: Part One (The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel)

Welcome to the first part of my three part series on Scotland!
(The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel)

10354893_10203146290392780_3588100516932089665_nAbout an hour outside of Edinburgh you’ll find the world’s largest equine statues called “The Kelpies”. Beautifully sculpted by Andy Scott, these two sky-scraping horse heads measure thirty metres high! Construction first began in June 2013 and was completed four months later after several years waiting for the steel to be fabricated. They are situated on either side of a specially constructed lock and basin and are surrounded by canals as well as quaint house boats. You will find them inside 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth known as “The Helix”. You can take a tour of The Kelpies where you will be provided with interesting facts and information about The Kelpies or you can choose to explore the grounds yourself. If you pay for the tour you will gain access inside the horses heads to see the architecture from a different angle. This is only if you book the tour, you can’t get in if you choose to do your own thing. Don’t miss these beauties out if you’re in the Lothian area!

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Cost
Adults: £6.95
Child (5+): £4.00
Child (Under 5): Free
Entry overall is free if you choose not to take the official tour but there is a charge of £2 for parking.

Times
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tours are from 10am-5pm (Times apply to tour office and toilets)

Find out more info and book your tour online at http://www.thehelix.co.uk/

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If you’re visiting The Kelpies you’ll definitely want to add The Falkirk Wheel to your list of activities for the day. Thirteen minutes west of The Kelpies on the A9 is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Opened in 2002 The Falkirk Wheel connected the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal for the first time since the 1930’s. This fascinating 35 metre high lift is visited by over 400,000 people a year and offers hourly boat trips. There is a very impressive gift shop offering every Falkirk Wheel 10577103_10203146295912918_4042522610834986388_nsouvenir imaginable. I doubt you’ll walk out empty handed. If you’re feeling peckish after marveling at the £17.5 million structure then head on over to the cafe next to the gift shop or over to the array of caravans selling steak rolls, burgers and hot dogs. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the workings of The Falkirk Wheel.

“The Falkirk Wheel is a fantastic day out with a difference and accessible to everyone! With boat trips, a cafe, gift shop, children’s activity zone, water play park & mini-canal, waterwalkerz, canoeing, bike hire and woodland walks; there really is something for everyone!” – Scottish Canals

 

Know Before You Go

Boat Trip Costs
Adults: £8.95
Concession: £7.95
Child(3-15): £7.95
Child (Under 3): £1.00
Entry overall is free if you choose not to do the bot trip.

Times
We are open 7 days a week until 31st October!
Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5.30pm

Winter Opening Hours

 November
1st – 30th: Wednesday to Sunday: 10.30am to 4pm

December
1st – 22nd: Wednesday to Sunday: 10.30am to 4pm
23rd – 31st : Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Closed 25th & 26th December

January
Closed 1st & 2nd January
3rd & 4th: 10am to 5pm
5th – 31st: Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 3pm

February
1st – 5th: Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 3pm
6th – 21st: Monday to Sunday: 10.30am to 4pm
21st – 28th: Wednesday to Sunday: 10.30am to 4pm

Find out more info and book a boat trip online at https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/falkirk-wheel/

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Look out for Part Two coming in the next few weeks!

Till next time friends,
Panda Kennedy
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Sources used for this post:
http://www.thehelix.co.uk/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kelpies
https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/falkirk-wheel/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkirk_Wheel

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