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  • Day12

    The Kelpies

    September 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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.
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  • Day11

    The Magical Kelpies

    August 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    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

  • Day15

    Heading north

    August 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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!
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  • Day49

    Outlander locations day 49 Sun 10 Jun 20

    June 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    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

  • Day7

    Falkirk Wheel

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Joachim: Heute ging es durch Glasgow weiter nach Falkirk. Zuerst zum "Wheel" und dann zu den "Kelpies"
    1. Das Falkirk Wheel ist das einzige Rotations-Schiffshebewerk der Welt.
    35m hoch und 30m lang, Gesamtlast 600 Tonnen (300 je Seite), Bauzeit 22 Monate, Gesamtkosten 17,5 Millionen Pfund, es soll 120 Jahre halten.
    2. Die Kelpies sind weltweit die höchsten Pferdeskulpturen mit 30 Metern

    Sehr beeindruckend war das Wheel, einfach irre wenn es sich dreht.
    Und mit dem Wetter hatten wir Glück, es war immer wieder trocken, bis dann der große Regen kam.

    Ann: Das Schiffshebewerk war wirklich wahnsinnig toll. Wir hatten das Glück das wir dreimal sehen konnten wie es sich dreht. Aber wie immer eine Souvenir Maile, von T-Shirts über Flaschenöffner zu Bettwäsche und Unterwäsche unglaublich.
    Die Kelpies haben auch eine mystische Bedeutung : Die Pferde kommen schön und prächtig geschmückt zu einem und verführen einen damit man sich auf ihren Rücken setzt und mit ihnen weg reitet. Dann aber schlingen sie ihre kalte und nasse Mähne um einen und reitet ins Wasser um einen zu ertränkten.
    Also man sollte nicht gierig sein.....soweit so gut ...uns erschienen sie heute sehr zahm und gutmütig.
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  • Day10

    Big horse heads

    September 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Kelpies... Lovely underground horses that drag u to hell!

  • Day9

    Falkirk Wheel

    September 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Great feat of engineering ... Boring boat trip!

  • Day3

    Falkirk Wheel

    September 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    On our way to see the kelpies we stopped at the Falkirk Wheel. We missed the last time to actually go up, but got to see the wheel turn twice to bring boats down from the top. We were surprised it only took about 5 minutes for the wheel to turn.

    The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after Falkirk, the town in which it is located. It reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s. It opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.Read more

  • Day3

    The Kelpies, Falkirk, United Kingdom

    September 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Margaret and Graham took me to see the kelpies in Falkirk. We had a beautifully sunny afternoon and it wasn’t too busy either.

    The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.Read more

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