Horse-Head Sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland

October 14, 2018
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The Kelpies

Falkirk is a perfect weekend getaway. Less crowd, generous park. I always wanted to visit the giant horse-head in Falkirk. Finally, we made a road trip to Falkirk.

I was pretty excited about this trip as I have seen super cool photos of The Kelpies (the giant horse-head). It’s quite a long walk from where we parked our car to the sculptures. We were delighted with the morning scent. However, approaching the sculptures,  my sinuses ignited with a new smell – cow dung. I guess that would be the fertilizer. Oh well, so I tried to not laugh with my mouth open.

Apart from the distractive smell of fertilizer, I have to say the sculptures are impressive. The Kelpies, a 30-metre great artwork in a shape of horse-head featuring kelpies. The sculptures are standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron.

We arrived at Falkirk early in the morning when the world was still bathed in golden-ruby light. I love the quiet calmness around The Kelpies despite there were families strolling around the park.

The Falkirk Wheel

Leaving The Kelpies, we went to see the Falkirk Wheel. From far, the wheel looks a set of wrenches. I guess it wasn’t the most perfect time to visit this place as it turned up to be pretty quiet. Most of the areas were closed.

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Unfortunately, there was no boat being lifted when we visited the wheel. So, Lewis tried to explain how the wheel works and I imaginarily lifted the boats in my head.

Apparently, this wheel has reconnected the two canals since the 1930s. It opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.

Callendar House

We found Callendar House unintentionally and it turns out to be a hidden gem in Falkirk. It’s (of course) not a house that makes calendars.

Callendar House is a mansion set within the grounds of Callendar Park in Falkirk. It’s being developed as a major heritage centre and turned into a principal museum in Falkirk. I like the design of the house, which was redesigned and extended in the style of a French Renaissance château fused with elements of Scottish baronial architecture.

There is a massive park in front of the house. While I was walking on the lawn, a dog suddenly bounded forward and snorted happily. It totally caught me in surprise. Then, it just ran away wagging its tail, leaving a muddy paw on my jeans. Great! There were dogs racing around and chasing balls. This place is an absolute paradise for dogs.

We had our high tea in Callendar House Tearoom after a short tour around the house. I have to say the tearoom serves a very good coffee and cake (loving the Home-made Sticky Toffee Pudding) and you can find the menu here. The atmosphere of tearoom was cosy. We were glad that we found this hidden place to have a nice break before we drove all the way back.


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