A trip to the Kelpies

I was in Scotland visiting friends this week. They live in Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh (I think, strictly speaking, it may be South Queensferry), which has a picturesque high street littered with little cafes and restaurants and quirky shops, with a stunning view over the Forth and its magnificent bridges. But the highlight for me – other than seeing my lovely friends, of course – was a trip to see the Kelpies.70923594_10157670963478179_3878399534652456960_nI’ve been wanting to see these incredible public sculptures since they were built, and they didn’t disappoint. Set in a new parkland project called the Helix, these giant horse heads are 30 metres high – see the people in the pictures for scale – by sculptor Andy Scott, and they are breathtaking in the flesh. (In the steel?)71374842_10157670963303179_415172644300652544_nIt wasn’t the best of days to be there – though the cloudy backdrop made my photos nice and dramatic – but we enjoyed a wander around the surrounding park and the sculptures (which you have to wander around, since they change dramatically depending on your angle) and a brief foray to the on-site cafe and gift shop. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see them at night, when they are illuminated, but it was still a thrill to see them close.

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