Over the last year or so while on our daily commute up and down the M9, Stuart and I have watched ‘The Kelpies‘ gradually rise out of the ground and become the amazing, eye-catching sculptures they are today. I’m not going to lie, I did initially say ‘Why do we need two massive horses heads on the side of the motorway, what a waste of money’! I eat my words, as they have grown, I have grown to love them more too. So, when I spotted that as part of Homecoming Scotland they were hosting an Opening Night ahead of the public opening date, I knew I had to get some tickets. Sadly so did a lot of people, however we did manage to get tickets for the 9:45pm slot, which is quite late but its better seeing them when its dark!
The Kelpies can be found at the Helix Park in Falkirk on the edge of the Union Canal, a new park comprising of about 12km of pathways. For this event we parked at the Falkirk FC Stadium and made our way to join a rather long queue, which moved a lot quicker than I thought it would! Once into the park we were guided by green lights in and red lights out, taking in colourfully lit fountains, music and dance and poetry.
After about 40 mins we reached the Kelpies themselves, and watched the final two Light and Fire shows of the evening, which were spectacular. Music played across the park as we were entertained with Fire and Light, and there people walking around that looked like neon stormtroopers! Here are some photos of the evening.
The Kelpies officially open on the 21st April – Easter Monday, so if you are stuck on what to do with the Bank Holiday I would recommend paying them a visit!