Today I packed up my two nephews and went for a short drive to Falkirk to finally visit The Helix Project, and specifically The Kelpies. The Helix Project is a large area on the outskirts of Falkirk full of paths, man made lakes, walking routes, cycling routes, wildlife areas and marshes and two giant horses heads called The Kelpies. The Kelpies are two large sculptures by artist Andy Scott and a tribute to horse powered heritage across central Scotland. I've drove past them numerous times on the motorway but had never actually sent hem up close.
We parked the car at the busy car park. Dusk was starting to fall as it was around 3pm. Unfortunately there was some cloud cover and so a spectacular golden hour shot was going to be out of the question.
We walked towards the pathway and followed some signs towards The Kelpies. Following the winding wooden walkway around some marshland area we soon came to a stop. The park is only recently opened a few months back and evidently this area was still under construction so we had to double bald on ourselves and go the long way around to get to the other side of the canal towards the giant silver structures.
We had good little chats and a game where we followed the paper signs attached to some poles along the route. We noticed other visitors had came across this problem too and were following us. We passed a few people who'd already been to see the large horses.
By now it was getting colder, the ground was muddy and we were further away from the car as we could be. But finally we were there, at The Kelpies and the viewing platform.
They really are a cool sight to see. It's just a pity there's still heavy ground work machinery and JCB's spoiling your pictures. I reckon by spring this area should be fully operational and you'll be able to get right up close to them. That's what i want, a picture right beneath the Kelpies.
We took a few snaps and then walked back as quickly as we could to the car. Counting back the signs from 8 to 1.
Back at the car the boys got their muddy shoes off and i switched the heating on as high as I could. We were freezing.
A good little day out and will be worth a visit back when it's finished and the weather warms up a bit.