Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Kelpies

It is not until you get up close to the Kelpies that you realise just how massive they are (about 30 metres).  Look how tiny the people are in this pic!

The sculptures are by Andy Scott and based on Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron.  Horses were an important part of the transport system of the Forth and Clyde Canal and to industry generally.  I've always admired the Kelpies, but only in passing or in photographs, so it was great to have the opportunity to visit them at the  Helix Park near Falkirk recently.

Got a great tour of the Kelpies which included going inside one of the hugh beasts!  The view inside is no less impressive than the outside one.  There's a great site where you can find out lots of fabulous information about the Kelpies at The Helix.

Kelpies in Scottish mythology are shape-changing water creatures who inhabit lochs and streams usually in the shape of a horse.  They are said to lure people onto their backs, but anyone who dared to ride a Kelpie would be taken deep down into the water where they would drown.  So beware!

Looks like this one is eating the tree!
Love, Liz


Frances said...

Thank you, Liz, for giving us the inside view and story on the fabulous Kelpie sculptures. I think the sculptures do manage to have an otherworldly feeling. It would be great to see them in person. xo

Unknown said...

Amazing! :)

Mac n' Janet said...

Quite spectacular. Have seen pictures of them, but yours show just how massive they are.

kate steeper said...

Never knew they existed to pop on my to see list

Daisy Debs said...

They are truly wonderful ! Fab pics :)