The Kelpies and Helix Park
The Helix was borne from an idea in 2003 to build an eco-park as part of the Falkirk Greenscape Initiative, transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
Today, The Helix connects 16 local communities through our extensive path networks stretching over 27km.
The only way to get inside a Kelpie is on a Kelpie Tour!
Come and see the world’s largest equine sculptures up close and go inside to marvel at the complexity and engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art.
Join their 30-minute guided walking tour that takes you through the vision of artist Andy Scott and how history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-taking sculptures.
The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the breathtaking engineering and design of The Kelpies.
What is a ‘Kelpie’?
Kelpie, or water kelpie, is a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It is a Celtic legend, and other cultures seem to have adopted it as well. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse but is able to adopt human form. Some accounts state that the kelpie retains its hooves when appearing as a human, leading to its association with the Christian idea of Satan as alluded to by Robert Burns in his 1786 poem “Address to the Devil”.
Almost every sizeable body of water in Scotland has an associated kelpie story, but the most extensively reported is that of Loch Ness.
Kelpies have been portrayed in their various forms in art and literature, including recently as two 30-metre (98 ft) high steel sculptures in Falkirk, The Kelpies, completed in October 2013.
This is a great place for a stop off after leaving the city or on your return, a chance to stretch your legs, see some immense sculptures up close and enjoy a wee natural oasis.
Walking & Cycling
Get fit, relax in the fresh air, and explore the area.
The Helix path network provides a stunning backdrop for walks, runs or cycling.
Their pathways connect 16 communities via 26 kilometres of paths – so there’s always a new route to try. Whether you’re a serious runner, scenic stroller, dog walker or keen cyclist – there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The Helix is a great place to run or cycle – the paths are wide and flat, as well as being easy on the feet having been surfaced with a smooth finish.
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