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Kelpies at Helix park , Grangemouth, Falkirk

The Kelpies  in the Helix Park opened to the public in April  . The park opened with a  night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past . Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes . Download our free screensaver of the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth .

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Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport

Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk

Journey time : 30 minutes

Fare : £35

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Destination : The Falkirk Wheel

Journey time :  35 minutes

Fare : £38

The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month . The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013. The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.  The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   . The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.  . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time

The new visitor centre at the Kelpies in Helix Park , Scotland opens next month .
The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk were open to the public in April last year.  Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project, which aims to transform 865 acres of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
The redevelopment was expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors and add £1.5 million in annual tourism spend to the area, according to those behind the project.
 The number of visitors to the area are expected to reach 1 million by May 2015   .
The Easter holidays have seen bumper crowds coming to the Kelpies with families coming from all over Scotland to see the sculptures and take the tour.
 . Work has started on a new visitor centre at the Kelpies which should be completed in a few months time

The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with   27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland .  The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely anticipated 30m landmark scupltures, the Kelpies.

The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.
The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area,  which could host large scale events ,  has potential to bring in revenue to the area  , although it is not clear just how much .  Callendar Park  used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new 
playpark. A set of 
giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower over the park.

Falkirk Council has signed off the £377,000 tender for the playpark .

Councillors were told the Helix Park is considered a “destination” for play and the design had to show it could cope with a large volume of use from children aged from three to 14, be as iconic as the park itself and the Kelpies, use materials in keeping with the park which were also durable and be innovative.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “This will be one of the prime play areas in Scotland and it is expected to be widely used.

“There was a lot of community consultation and feedback about what would be required.

“This product has been selected because of durability and is expected to last for 40 years.”

She added it is hoped the project, which is being part-funded by sportscotland, will be a “great” attraction for youngsters.

 

A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME launched both the opening of the John Muir Way and the international launch of The Kelpies prior to their opening to the public . On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks illuminated Helix Park, as thousands gathered round the iconic Kelpies for an extraordinary animation of the colossal 300 tonne, 30 metre-high sculptures backed by a pulsating soundtrack.

Groupe F – the pyrotechnic maestros who worked at Big in Falkirk as well as the Millennium illumination of the Eiffel Tower – brought the monuments to horse-powered heritage to life with a dazzling light, flame and sound performance.

Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed .

The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk, a short journey from Edinburgh Airport .  Visit the Kelpies with Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth

 

Private tours of Falkirk

 

Falkirk tours

Tours start at 9.30 am .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

  • 5 hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

We stop for an hour at each location .

Tour cost -

£150 for 2 people

£175 for 3 people

£200 for 4 people

Rail disruption in central belt

Mounting frustration for train travellers this morning as there is a  problem affecting trains travelling through Stirling  . The fault seems to be causing increasing problems for people traveling by rail through Falkirk and the central belt, with a number of trains – including some connecting with Edinburgh – delayed or cancelled. Connecting buses have been arranged causing increased journey times

Olympic Torch route in Falkirk announced

The Olympic Torch will travel through Falkirk as part of its 70-day tour around the UK. The historic symbol of the Olympics will visit Larbert, Camelon, Falkirk and Skinflats on Wednesday, June 13, in the lead-up to this summer’s Games in London.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Falkirk’s moment to shine.”

Falkirk, travelling from Glenfuir Road, through West Bridge Street, Cockburn Street, Hodge Street, Arnot Street, St Crispins Place, Callendar Road and Bellsmeadow Road. The police will set up some traffic restrictions during the day and some disruption to local traffic is expected.

The Skinflats leg of the journey is due to start at 2.40 p.m. before the torch heads across the Firth of Forth to Cairneyhill.

In the 1948 Olympic Games  James “Jimmy” McColl  represented Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics, making two appearances. McColl had been with amateur club Queen’s Park until the Summer of the Olympics in which he played.He later played for Falkirk. There has been some controversy over the Great Britain football team for the 2012 Olympics with three Home Nation Football Associations refusing to allow players to be selected for the team . A large number of players have been contacted individually about playing in the GB team and most of them want to play for the team . There is very little the SFA can do to prevent players taking part.

 

Linlithgow Palace pictures

Linlithgow Palace HDR picture

Linlithgow Palace HDR picture

Linlithgow Palace is a popular subject for pictures because of its attractive location next to Linlithgow Loch. The Palace is the birthplace of Mary , Queen of Scots . The fountain in the courtyard has been restored recently. This picture is an HDR image produced using Photomatix. The picture is available as a screensaver

Falkirk taxis controversy

NHS bosses are spending a fortune ferrying confidential medical files around by taxi after building a new hospital with nowhere to store them.
Hospital chiefs have now had to fork out £40,000 to decontaminate an old X-ray department to provide storage space for the estimated five miles of patients’ files.
The new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire, opened last August at a cost of £300million and boasts some of the most modern facilities in Europe.
It was built to replace nearby Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries, which are being turned into smaller community hospitals.
Bosses want to transfer all their medical records on to computers, but that could take up to five years.
In the meantime, there is nowhere at the new hospital to store the tens of thousands of confidential patient records inherited from the old hospitals. Instead Forth Valley staff have to make five trips every day by taxi to Falkirk and Stirling to collect records ordered by doctors for patient consultations.The hospital have been using a local taxi company well-known for paying its drivers low rates , usually £1 a mile against the normal tariff of £1.80. The taxi company were not available for any express comment. Two local taxi firms have over 150 taxis in Falkirk now.

Airport transfers Falkirk

Falkirk is in an ideal position for  airport transfers to either Edinburgh or Glasgow, being located  right in the centre of Scotland. Airport transfers from Falkirk are fairly short journeys . Edinburgh Airport is about half an hour away from Falkirk by airport shuttle and Glasgow Airport is about an hour’s journey. Edinburgh Airport caused controversy recently with their drop-off charge. They charge £1 to drop off visitors in a designated area. There is also a free drop-off area which is some distance from the terminal building. A free shuttle bus operates to take passengers to the terminal.

Falkirk travel and shopping guide

Falkirk travel and shopping guide . This site will feature information about travel and taxi services in Falkirk. Falkirk is ideally located in the centre of Scotland and Edinburgh and Glasgow can easily be reached by road or rail, making it an ideal location for first-time buyers. There are a number of taxi companies in Falkirk. Airport transfers Falkirk have been transporting customers to Edinburgh and Glasgow airport since 1998.