A visit to the Kelpies

The Mearns Walking Group had a visit to the Kelpies
The Mearns Walking Group had a visit to the Kelpies

The Mearns 50+ Group is not just a walking group: there is a social aspect to it, and many of the members don’t ever go on the walks.

Friday 21 August st was a day when the social aspect came to the fore.

Kelpies at Glasgow Queen Street

Kelpies at Glasgow Queen Street

Over forty members boarded a coach in Laurencekirk to go to see the Kelpies, those enormous horses’ heads near Falkirk.

On the way, we stopped at the Glendoick Garden Centre for about an hour, then we were on our way, arriving at the Helix Park about 1 o’clock. The Kelpies, based on mythical water horses stand nearly 30metres tall.

Two Clydesdale horses from Pollock Country Park in Glasgow were used as “models” by the sculptor, Andy Scott.

The horses were called Duke and Baron, and the Kelpies have been given these names also. Duke is the one with his head down, while Baron has his head reared up high.

Inside the Kelpies

Inside the Kelpies

If you have not seen the Kelpies, they really are worth a visit, and are about four miles from the Falkirk Wheel so you can make a day of it. On our way home, we stopped at the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus for a most enjoyable high tea. We were lucky with the weather and I think everyone enjoyed the outing.

There are two much smaller replicas of the Kelpies and these tour the country occasionally. I was delighted to see one set at Queen Street Station in Glasgow, just a few days later.