Sculpture in Scotland
Updated: Mar 27
Last weekend I took a few days off work; the first real break I’ve had this year and let me tell you it was definitely needed! I made the most of it by spending a couple of days sorting out a few more things in the flat. I’ve finally got all the boxes unpacked and I’ll be sharing a wee interior post next week on my Pinterest worthy bedroom, so come back then to check it out.
But you don’t want to hear about emptying boxes, so lets get down to the fun stuff. I had a Saturday off and so did my boyfriend so after a couple of months of dating we could finally have our first full day together!
With the sun shining we jumped in the car and headed towards Falkirk and The Kelpies. About a 30-40 minute drive from Edinburgh its not too far a journey (if you don’t drive you can always take the train or bus), so whether you’re a local like me or a tourist visiting Edinburgh then its worth a trip over.
When we got to Falkirk, we parked in the football stadium car park as it’s free. Watch out though as it’s closed to the general public on a game day so probably best to plan ahead. If you don’t fancy the mile walk to the Kelpies there is an on site car park however you will have to pay for this between 10am and 5pm.
From the stadium you cross the road and you’re straight into the Helix park with the splash play adventure zone and the large lagoon where you can rent a pedalo if that’s your thing. Although when we were there no one was out on the lagoon, just a few swans and ducks. I’m pretty sure they started following us….
We were in no rush so took our time walking by the lagoon, through the wetlands and up towards the sculptures themselves. With plenty of paths in the Helix park itself and some that head further out it’s a great place for bikes, scooters, kids and dogs. Basically just a good family day out especially if you get a beautiful sunny day like we did.
Parking at the stadium and walking up was definitely the way to make the most of the park and watch the little horses in the distance get bigger as we got closer. We walked the longer way, over the other side of the canal, through the Kelpies marina and round the back of the magnificent sculptures. We grabbed an ice cream, it would be rude not to right? and sat ourselves underneath the giant horses.
Designed by sculptor Andy Scott, the 30m high horses tower over the canal and the Helix park and took around 5 months to construct, although the manufacturing of the steel began long before this. They were opened to the public in Spring 2014…I know terrible that it has taken me 3 years to make the trip to see them! I’m already looking forward to an evening trip to see them lit up, they’re supposed to be even more stunning at night.
After devouring our ice-creams before the heat melted them I snapped a couple more photos and we decided it was time to head off. We’re both really pale and hadn’t even thought about taking sun cream. I mean it’s Scotland we never expected the sun to be so strong, but we thought we should be sensible and save our poor skin by jumping back in the car and heading towards home for a spot of lunch.
It was so nice to have the day for the two of us, it’s so rare that we really have to make the most of it. A wander around the Kelpies was a great way to spend a couple of hours, I would highly recommend it for you and your other half. A quiet stroll around the park can be a great opportunity to catch up or take some family or friends, add in bikes and dogs for a bit more chaos if you like that sort of thing.