Visit the Kelpies and the Queen Elizabeth II canal

The Queen has visited Scotland’s iconic Kelpies with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The royal couple arrived at the sculpture by barge after leading a flotilla of boats along a newly-finished section of a waterway

After disembarking the Queen unveiled plaque naming it the Queen Elizabeth II Canal. . The canal goes from the Falkirk Wheel down to the Kelpies and out to the River Forth .

Kelpies creator Andy Scott discussed his work with the Queen during the event on Wednesday morning.

He said: “The Queen was asking me about the history of the project and the relationship with the Clydesdale horses.

“The Duke was particularly interested in the internal structure, the engineering, the fabrication that went on.”

The event could be the royal couple’s last joint engagement before Prince Philip retires from public life.
The canal goes in between the two Kelpies and out to the River Forth .

Visit the Kelpies and the Queen Elizabeth II canal.
Taxi transfers from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies take about 25 minutes . Phone 07576-127097 for bookings .

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Motown legend Gloria Gaynor comes to Falkirk for the Footprint Festival 2017

falkirk stadium , home of Falkirk FCMotown legend Gloria Gaynor will headline a concert at the Falkirk Stadium in June with a strong lineup of classic disco bands . The international star, whose hits include I Will Survive and I Am What I Am, will fly in with her ten-piece band for the Footprint Festival 2017. Falkirk is just 30 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh Airport. Phone 07576-127097 for more information and bookings .

Joining her on the bill will be the legendary Village People who, with more than 100 million record sales have probably had the biggest impact on the world disco music scene, scoring worldwide No. 1 hits with the likes of YMCA, Macho Man, In the Navy and Can’t Stop the Music. Also appearing will be the ever-popular Boney M of Rasputin, River of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring and Daddy Cool fame, and the one and only Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men.

The live line-up is completed by Odyssey and Trammp with additional performances from Right Said Fred, Fine Young Cannibals and Edwin Starr’s Band fronted by his son Angelo. The concert on Sunday, June 4, runs from noon until 10.30pm. Presented in association with Studio 54 UK, it is the first time some of its most prominent performers have come to the UK for a full day music festival. A spokesperson for organisers These Events, said: “When we started out on this venture we wanted to bring together the best possible collection of recording artist from the disco era to Falkirk. The line-up we have formed has a collective record sales of over £450 Million! “It’s amazing how many people met over this music and this is a chance to see the living legends at the biggest glam party of the year. “That’s why it’s getting so much interest from outside the immediate area as well. We have a few surprises up our sleeve and are determined to give Falkirk another attraction to sit alongside the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.” Presale tickets go on sale at 10am this Wednesday offering the prime seats at standing price of just £45. These are available through promotion to Falkirk friends and family before the general release goes on sale.
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The Kelpies tours – visit the Kelpies in Helix Park , Falkirk

Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth, Falkirk

The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk with over a million visitors so far . The Kelpies are just a short journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the Airport .  Visit the Kelpies with Airport Taxi Transfers . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.

Airport taxi transfers offer transfers to the Kelpies from Glasgow , Edinburgh and other locations as well as half day tours to the Kelpies , Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House .

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

 

Pickup point Taxi half day Tour ( kelpies and Falkirk wheel )
Edinburgh Airport The Kelpies £35 £95
Edinburgh city centre The Kelpies £50 £115
Glasgow city centre The Kelpies £48 £105
Glasgow Airport The Kelpies £55 £120


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Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30 m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project,

The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month . The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013. The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.  The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   . The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.  . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time
The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month .
The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.
 The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   .
The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.
 . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time

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 will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the iconic 30 metre high landmark sculptures, the Kelpies. A taxi from Edinburgh to the Kelpies takes about 30 minutes from the airport .

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 and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new 
playpark. A set of 
giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower 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.

Private tours of the Kelpies  in the Helix Park can be booked online   . 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 Taxi Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes . Download our free screensaver of the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth .

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 .  Visit the Kelpies by taxi with Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.

Sample fares –

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £35

Pick up point : Edinburgh city centre

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 40 minutes

Fare : £45

Pick up point : Glasgow city centre

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £50

Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Falkirk Wheel

Journey time :  35 minutes

Fare : £40

Payment for the transfer can be made in cash or in advance by credit card . Phone 01324-883305 for more details.

Private tours of Falkirk can be booked online .