Kelpies have their first ‘vet’s’ check
SCOTTISH CANALS HAVE sent in a unique team of ‘vets’ for the first health check on the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures.
The 30-metre Kelpies – the centrepiece of The Helix project located between Falkirk and Grangemouth – are now undergoing a full internal and external inspection as part of an eight-week project.
Tours inside the structures will remain available as the team grooms the horses, checks their teeth and inspects every inch of the soaring steel canal guardians.
Richard Millar, Director of Infrastructure at Scottish Canals, said: “As The Kelpies approach their third birthday, the maintenance work as part of this important health check will ensure these global waterway icons are delivering for Scotland over the next century and beyond.”
Although they are impressive, the Kelpies are only part of the £43m Helix project. The scheme has transformed 350 hectares of underused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant parkland, visitor attraction and marine hub with the canal.
Inspiration for The Kelpies came from the horses that pulled boats and cargo along the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in their heyday.