Monday 26 June 2017

Beautiful Britain - The Kelpies, Falkirk

On our way up to Ballater on Royal Deeside, for our recent week's break with mum and dad, we decided to break up our journey with an overnight stop. We plumped for a stay at The Black Bear Premier Inn in Uddingston, just south of Glasgow.

The location was perfect, just off the M74 and well placed for a visit we wanted to sneak it to The Kelpies, which are situated at The Helix just outside of Falkirk.

Visiting The Kelpies was something I recently added to my list of 50 things to do before I'm 60, after seeing a picture of them on a friend's Facebook post a while ago.

Whilst we weren't lucky enough to be blessed with blue sky and sunshine, the weather could have been a lot worse and we did manage to have a good wander around and take some half decent photos.As we couldn't stay very long, still having quite a way to go, we parked in the car park closest to the sculptures, which costs £3 for the day. There is free parking a bit further away and, if we'd had longer, we would have parked here as it looked a really nice walk along the canal.

From first sight The Kelpies are seriously impressive. We love any kind outdoor sculpture anyway and these are just breathtaking.

We approached along the canal path and soon got to appreciate just how vast they actually are. They are huge.
Sadly our photo opportunities were blighted just a little by the cherry picker, which is there currently undertaking a maintenance check and clean up, but this didn't really detract from the experience.
We walked all the way round and photographed from almost every possible angle, with a few selfies thrown in for good measure ...

... and a picture of Martin giving one a good rub on the nose 😘
There was just time for a quick pit stop in the cafe before we had to be on our way.

There was a map in the visitor centre showing all of the other local attractions around Falkirk and it is definitely somewhere that we will try and get back to. We'd particularly like to see The Falkirk Wheel.
I'm so glad to have got to have completed another of my 50 things to do before I'm 60. The Kelpies are definitely worth a visit if you're up that way.

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