Falkirk KelpiesSeptember 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C
Knap stukkie staalconstructie
Knap stukkie staalconstructie
We drove into Edinburgh this morning and visited some friends for fellowship. We were surprised to see two girls from Queensland there! (We had previously met Laura at Nic and Matt's wedding)
After lunch we met up with Matt and Kath, Olivia and Sam at our campsite close to the Falkirk Wheel in the Scotish lowlands not far from Edinburgh
The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world. Locks are also used to connect the canals. We had the obligatory ride upstream!
We booked a second night in Falkirk Wheel park. We took the train into Edinburgh and spent the day wandering around the old town with its cobbled streets and steep alleys. A visit to Edinburgh castle took a few hours with lots of war memorabilia, history and also the crown jewels. Parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. It stand high on the hill dominating the skyline over the old town. It was used as a military fortress for many years.Read more
Quick stop for a spot of tea and a beautiful view of The Kelpies!
Unser erster Stopp heute führt uns zum Blackness Castle.
Eine Burg direkt am Wasser. Zum Glück haben wir gutes Wetter. Hier Regen und Nebel und man bekommt Beklemmungen. Düsteres Mittelalter.
Chosen by Scottish Canals at the inception of the project, The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change of our landscapes, endurance of our inland waterways and the strength of our communities.
Andy Scott's vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the structural layout of the area. Retaining The Kelpies as the title for these equine monuments, Andy sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities The Helix stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies.Read more
Leaving the unicorns behind at Stirling, we headed back to Edinburgh on the final leg of our journey with the Rick Steves tour. As a special request "because we were good," guide Brian stopped in Falkirk to view more mythical beasts, The Kelpies. Made of stainless steel, these are the tallest equestrian sculptures in the world. They are very lifelike, being modeled on draft horses that were used to pull the loads along the canals where the Kelpies sit. Enchanting beasts they are!Read more
Departing Glasgow in our zippy Fiat 500 we decided to head north east towards Stirling, en route to a cottage just out of Glenmoriston, where we'd spend the next 5 nights amongst the glens, lochs and munros of the Scottish Highlands.
First stop was the truly impressive Falkirk Wheel, an elegant rotating boat lift which gently swings boats between the Forth and Clyde canals, lifting boats to a height of 35m (equivalent to 11 traditional boat locks), all in just 15 minutes. Also impressive were 2m high metallic sculptures of horses heads, which we were soon to discover were mere models of the real things. We chanced upon "The Kelpies" , fantastic 30m high horse head sculptures, which overlook significant new developments in Scotland's all-important canal system. Horses have traditionally played a significant role in the region, drawing barges of coal, iron ore and goods from regional centres to key industrial cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Taking a considerable step back in time we then explored Rough Castle, where part of the Antonine Wall is highly visible amongst the vestiges of this Roman fort. Built around AD140, when Romans invaded Scotland (for the second time), the 60km long earth rampart wall and associated ditches and forts aimed to keep the locals out of what was considered Roman territory.
As usual we'd planned too much into our day and after a quick wander around the beautifully preserved town of Culross, we headed towards our cottage via the pretty Trossachs region and the utterly awe-inspiring Glencoe area. The cloud and drizzle that had characterised much of our time in Scotland was a perfect complement to the craggy peaks and tumbling waters. Settled into our cosy cottage we made a plan of attack for the next few days. So much to see and so little time!Read more
Breakfast at 8.30am at Redhurst Hotel Giffnock South Glasgow then off to buy cheap Morrison’s petrol. Could wash the bugs of the windscreen for once. Then drove to Falkirk and Callendar House. Displays of European Athlete Masters, people not much behind the current world record holders competing in their 80’ies and 90’ies. We then moved on to displays of the history of the site from the ancient long house meeting place for the regional Thane groups, through the the Saxons, Celts and Romans (Antoine wall built 20 years after Hadrian’s is just in front of the building). Once the Normans arrived the existing building started to take shape. The owner of the building was very powerful and as the keeper of child Scottish Kings controlled the country. At one point the owner of the house was a London water company and the Scottish Lord was supporting the Jacobite Cause till the British executed him after Culloden. The authentic Georgian kitchen with a staff of six serving a family of eight. This kitchen with large number of specialised spit roasting, bread baking, general baking, and various stovetops was used in Outlander as part of the home of the Duke of Sandringham, Bellhurst Manor. Next drove to the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk for a photo then on to the Falkirk Wheel, a mechanism for raising and lowering barges connecting the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. Drove on to Drummond Castle Gardens which were used to represent the park at Versailles France in series two of Outlander. Drove on to Deanston Distillery which provided the setting for Jamie’s cousin’s wine warehouse on the docks of Le Have in series two of Outlander. Yvonne had a whiskey tasting and purchased a bottle. Finally arrived at Invernente bed and breakfast in Callander Stirling Scotland. Dinner of soup and fish pie in a nearby hotel.Read more
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