The Helix and the Kelpies
The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.
The Helix is a new attraction located between Falkirk and Grangemouth. Described as 'A place for everyone' there is so much to discover.
There are currently 500km of connected cycle paths which provide the ideal way to explore the parkland and surrounding area. Discover one of many routes including the 16-mile core route, Helix Around Town Tour (HArTT) starting at The Helix and heading to The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and back to The Helix using cycle ways, towpaths and parkland. The paths are multi-use if you prefer to explore by foot. The Helix is linked by two National Cycle Routes as well as the new John Muir Trail making it incredibly accessible and the ideal base to explore from.
As well as the new Helix canal extension to the Forth & Clyde canal allowing far easier access to the canal from the Forth River the Helix also boasts a new lagoon. This lagoon at Helix Park will provide a great opportunity for watersports, including canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking and even wakeboarding.
The Helix is also home to the magnificent Kelpies which are the world's largest equine sculptures. Designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, these sculptures are each made with 300 tonnes of structural steel and are monumental tributes to the horse power heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland.
You can enjoy The Kelpie Experience while you are there with a guided tour. The brand new visitor centre is now open 10am – 5pm 7 days a week.
Nearby attractions include Callendar House in Falkirk and the Falkirk Wheel. The town of Falkirk is only 2 miles from The Helix and here you will find a variety of shops, eateries and all local amenities.
Free things to do and attractions in Glasgow
Glasgow is only just over an hour’s drive from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and has a wide range of free visitor attractions including the following:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Gallery of Modern Art
The People’s Palace
Free things to do and attractions in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is also within an hour’s drive from our area and has the following free attractions
National Museum of Scotland
Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two
Royal Botanic Garden
St Giles Cathedral
For more information on these and other free visitor attractions visit the Visit Scotland website at https://www.visitscotland.com