The Kelpies, Helix Parkland, Scotland

The Kelpies, Helix Parkland, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting today’s small group hike which followed a route covering about 6 miles near Falkirk in the west of Scotland, Falkirk is 20.5 miles north-east of Glasgow.

  • Start Falkirk High Railway Station, and then east through Callendar Park, which has a long history dating back to the construction of the Antonine Wall in 142 AD during the Roman period. Callendar House spans the period 14th-19th centuries.
  • North through the Helix, a land transformation project and on to the Kelpies, the 30 metre high horses sculpted by Andy Scott.(Kelpie is a Scottish name for fabled water spirit which, according to folklore, assumes the shape of a horse. It was reported to haunt lakes and rivers and take delight in drowning travellers. Andy Scott’s sculpture stands 100 feet high and is modelled on the powerful Clydesdale breed of horse. The construction is made of laser-cut steel. The combination of steel and Clydesdale symbolises the heart of Scotland’s industrial history.)
  • Coffee stop at the Kelpies Visitor’s Centre then explored the community woodland and marshland of Langlees in search of two more sculptures, the Human Sun-Clock and Love and Kisses.
  • Back to Falkirk High by bus.
Hiking group at Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland.

Hiking group at Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland.

Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland.

Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland.

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Scotland

Callendar Park Woodland, Scotland.

Callendar Park Woodland, Scotland.

Helix Parkland, Scotland

Helix Parkland, Scotland

Kelpies and Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Kelpies and Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Forth & Clyde Canal near Falkirk, Scotland.

Forth & Clyde Canal near Falkirk, Scotland.

Abbotsford Sentinel, Abbotshaugh Community Woodland, Scotland

Abbotsford Sentinel, Abbotshaugh Community Woodland, Scotland

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