It was a very quick trip from Stirling Castle to find The Kelpies, just outside Falkirk. These are jaw-droppingly beautiful tribute monuments to “Heavy Horses”, Scotland’s horse-powered heritage, placed in the midst of the new canal developments. Again, it was a surprise to see the canals, as, although I had read of them, I had not thought we would come across any canals.
There are four main canal systems in Scotland, but we were by the Forth and Clyde canal. These canals were, in the past, part of the economy of the country, but fell into disuse through the last century. They have been progressively repaired and developed over the last forty years. So! One could have a wonderful holiday now sailing from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde. Also there is a bicycle path all the way adjacent to the canal. If only, in younger days…..
We did not see the wonderful Falkirk Wheel not far away, which LIFTS boats up or down 24 metres, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Following the Wheel lift, boats need to go another 11 metres in two locks above the wheel, as the Union Canal is still that elevation higher.
Back to the Kelpies…..they sit beside a turning pool and extension. We found them a great tribute, no doubt commensurate with the immense contribution of Clydesdales to Scotland. It was very windy and cold when we were there, there being a large wind coming down from the Arctic!
Internet pics show how lovely they are lit up at night.