Monday, November 03, 2014

The Kelpies


Another hike with the walking group and (hurray) Daughter 2, who was home for a long weekend. This time we walked along the canal at Falkirk.


We came to the Falkirk Wheel, which is a very cunning device for allowing boats to pass from the higher to the lower part of the canal. But that wasn't our destination today -


though there was a small model there.


Further along the canal we went.


Look - a distant sight of our objective.


I'm not sure what these berries are but they're such a cheerful colour.


Nearly there...


... at the Kelpies, a recently installed art work. They represent mythical water horses possessed of the strength of 100 horses - but also celebrate the work horses which pulled the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships so important to the area.

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies/



They're the largest equine statues in the world and are really impressive. As you walk round them, looking at them from different angles, they almost appear to move.


I love the way they seem to toss their heads in the Scottish wind - wild...  

... and yet friendly.

Nine miles there and back and I think my feet will recover in a few days. A lovely, lovely day.

10 comments:

  1. What beautiful statues and they awaken in me a dim and elusive memory of a book I had as a child. I don't suppose you know what it might have been?

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  2. Alas, no. I always thought kelpies were little elf-type things, as they were on Brownie badges. However, it seems that kelpies could also take various shapes, including human, so that excuses the Brownie thing.

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  3. They are magnificant!!!! Nine miles, too far for me.

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  4. Oooh, I've seen these on blogs -- they look so cool. You must remind me next time I come to Scotland -- I REALLY want to go see the Kelpies!!! And the botanics. And ... I need to move there.

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  5. Aren't these wonderful!!! Did you take the tour so you could get inside? I also really want to see them lit up. Guess I'll be making a return trip soon... we could go together, but I'm not sure about walking so far!

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  6. I think that I should be seriously unmanned if I were anywhere near them, horses petrify me!

    You did well to walk that far.

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  7. You walked nine miles?? OMG I'm the same age as you and can barely walk 9 metres without wanting to sit down! Lovely photos, I've heard of those Kelpies, but this is the first time I've seen photos. Thanks for the tour! (I've just posted a little tour of my own on my blog about our day here in lovely Victoria)

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  8. Amazing sculptures! What a walking distance you all went! :)

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  9. What beautiful posts these all are! I think the Scottish Tourist Board should be sponsoring you! I will plan to see these horses.

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