The Kelpies

The Kelpies are sculptures of horse heads 30 meters high, located in Scotland, United Kingdom.

In Scottish mythology, the kelpie is a water spirit that walks in rivers and lakes and has the form of a horse. It is better for a person to stay away from them – the kelpies strive to drag the traveler to the bottom. They appear in the guise of a horse grazing by the water, exposing its back to a person and then dragging him into the water. The ancient Scots called these creatures water kelpies, horses or simply spirits, and mothers from time immemorial forbade babies to play close to the banks of a river or lake: a monster can take the form of a galloping horse, grab a baby, put it on its back and then, with a helpless little rider, plunge into abyss of water. According to Scottish legend, unusual foals are born from the union of a kelpie and an ordinary horse. Growing up, when crossing, they must go to the river in shallow water.

The sculptures represent two heads of horses and are a monument dedicated to equine heritage across the country.Construction took 7 years over the Fort and Clyde canal in Forkerk, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott. It was released to the public in April 2014.

Access : Coordinates: 56.0191, -3.7553 / The two statues were built as gates at the eastern entrance of the Forth and Clyde Canal, between Falkirk and Grangemouth, in the central belt of Scotland.

Highlights :

  • The Kelpies are sculptures of horse heads 30 meters high and symbolizes the full power of Scottish industry and economy, dragging wagons, plows, barges and coal ships, a key strength of the Falkirk area.

Go next : Falkirk , a town in Stirlingshire in the central belt of Scotland / the Falkirk Wheel, a giant lift for boats. / Antonine Wall. Constructed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antonius Pius.



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