The Kelpies & the Falkirk Wheel

June 23, 2015

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When I told the husband that I fancied exploring somewhere new at the weekend he suggested getting in the car and heading out to see The Kelpies at Falkirk. Having never been before it ticked all the boxes for a little adventure. We popped Roxie in the car armed with a back full of treats for bribery and some fresh water and set off. 

Unfortunately it wasn't exactly the nicest of days weather-wise. However, I have to say that the photos make it look far more like winter than it actually was. It was absolutely typical that the day we go to see large, steel structures which are grey we are followed by cloudy skies. Believe it or not, the weather was actually fairly pleasant and by that I mean it was sort of warm and didn't rain on us. You've got to take notice of the little things, am I right?

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Taking the trip out to see the Kelpies combined two of my favourite things to do: go for a walk with Roxie and Kami and see artwork. And woah, what large pieces of artwork they were.  The massive horse head structures designed by Andy Scott stand at thirty metres high and were completed in October 2013. Falkirk was shaped by the the use of horses in Scottish history and the Kelpies are at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal to represent that history.  

According to Scottish folklore a kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit which usually is described as appearing as a horse with the ability to take on a human form found in bodies of water in Scotland. The mythical beasts are said to have the strength and endurance of ten horses and some stories of kelpies  even retained their hooves during their transformation into a human form.

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Whilst we were in the Falkirk area we decided that we would also head out to see the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift which connects the Forth Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is the only one of its kind in the world, raising boats twenty-four metres to connect it with the Union Canal.  We were lucky enough to have accidentally stumbled up to the Wheel as it was just about to move and so we got to see the whole thing in action. Pretty cool.

Now, where should we explore next...?


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10 comments :

  1. Wow, the Kelpies are amazing. Would love to see them one day!
    Zoe | floral and feather

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    1. They are pretty impressive. I don't know how anyone makes artwork that big!
      Debi x

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  2. Wow, those giant horse sculptures are amazing! Did you use a different camera for these photos? The pictures seem extra bright and crisp - they're really great.

    I think boat lifts are really fascinating things, we've been specially to visit some here :)

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    1. Same camera. I don't know why the pictures look better this time but I'm glad that they do. I really wish I could afford to get a new one but oh, well! Boat lifts are pretty cool, it must be said!
      Debi x

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  3. The Kelpies are amazing, I have only driven past them but they are incredible!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. They are quite a sight from the road. Fairly well hidden though - you don't see them until you are practically beside them!
      Debi x

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  4. Wow I need to see these =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are definitely pretty impressive!
      Debi x

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  5. Oh wow the kelpies look fab! Very interesting they are too! And I find the Falkirk wheel fascinating! Would love to see it in action.

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    1. It was complete luck that we turned up when the Falkirk Wheel was about to get going but it was quite cool to watch! I really liked the Kelpies. They are incredible works of art!
      Debi x

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