Falkirk tours

Kelpies private tour , Scotland's iconic Kelpies

Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk .

The Kelpies tours , the Helix , Falkirk
The Kelpies sculptures are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world. 

Falkirk tours

Tours start at 10 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged . Phone 07305-294773 for more details and bookings.

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park.
  • Travel by saloon car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

visit the kelpies , Falkirk tours

The Kelpies sculptures are made from 600 tonnes of steel and more than 10,000 special fixings, and tower over the nearby M9 motorway.
More than 1 million people have visited the Kelpies since they were completed in April 2014.

The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with  27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix also offers an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely successful 30 metre landmark sculptures, the Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world

The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.

swan at the Kelpies tours
The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is. Sculptor Andy Scott was on hand for the opening, along with Duke, a Clydesdale horse which was one of the models for the 30m (100ft) works.

Callendar House , tours of Falkirk
Callendar House has just achieved a
five-star rating from VisitScotland.

Callendar House has just achieved a five-star rating from VisitScotland. The 14th century building, set within Callendar Park and opened to the public in 1996 after centuries as a family home with links to Mary Queen of Scots, has achieved the national tourism organisation’s top-quality award. The House dates back to the 14th century.

 the Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk tours
The Forth and Clyde Canal towpath to the Falkirk Wheel is included in the new John Muir Way and also has links to local paths.

 

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£150 for up to four people

Exclusions –

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Boat trip at the Falkirk Wheel .  Details of tickets and times of this boat trip are on the Scottish canals website
  • Gratuities (optional)

Over fifty photo gifts of the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel are available for purchase online including souvenir t-shirts, phone cases, prints and throw pillows .

Visit the Kelpies in Helix Park , Falkirk

Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth, Falkirk

Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth, Falkirk

The Kelpies  in the Helix Park opened to the public on  21st April 2014  . The park opened with a  night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past . Airport Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes .

How much would a taxi cost from Edinburgh to the Kelpies ?

Sample fares –

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £35

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Falkirk Wheel

Journey time :  35 minutes

Fare : £38

The Helix Park features  27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely anticipated 30m landmark scupltures, the Kelpies.

The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.
The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area,  which could host large scale events ,  has potential to bring in revenue to the area  , although it is not clear just how much .  Callendar Park  used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John ,  Rod Stewart and Little Mix  .
The final element of the Helix is giant new 
playpark. A set of 
giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone  towers over the park.

Councillors were told the Helix Park is considered a “destination” for play and the design had to show it could cope with a large volume of use from children aged from three to 14, be as iconic as the park itself and the Kelpies, use materials in keeping with the park which were also durable and be innovative.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “This will be one of the prime play areas in Scotland and it is expected to be widely used.

“There was a lot of community consultation and feedback about what would be required.

“This product has been selected because of durability and is expected to last for 40 years.”

She added it is hoped the project, which is being part-funded by sportscotland, will be a “great” attraction for youngsters.

A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME launched both the opening of the John Muir Way and the international launch of The Kelpies prior to their opening to the public . On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks illuminated Helix Park, as thousands gathered round the iconic Kelpies for an extraordinary animation of the colossal 300 tonne, 30 metre-high sculptures backed by a pulsating soundtrack.

Groupe F – the pyrotechnic maestros who worked at Big in Falkirk as well as the Millennium illumination of the Eiffel Tower – brought the monuments to horse-powered heritage to life with a dazzling light, flame and sound performance.

Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed .

The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk, a short journey from Edinburgh Airport . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.

Find out more about Falkirk tours on Visitscotland .

More information about the Kelpies.