As well as being the largest equine sculpture in the world, the famous water horses of Falkirk have an interesting story to tell…
The Kelpies are in fact shape-changing and malevolent creatures of Scottish myth. Legend has it they appear as tame horses to entice and trick unsuspecting children. Beware the magical hide of the Kelpies… you might find yourself unable to dismount and heading straight for the depths of the nearest loch!
Mythology tells us Kelpies can also take the form of a beautiful woman to lure young men into the water or even hairy beasts appearing to weary travellers.
There is dispute over the origin of the Kelpie mythology and even the origin of the name. The name is believed to be either from the Gaelic (pronounced Gah-lic) calpa or cailpeach, which means “heifer” or “colt”.
The most famous reoccurring location for the story of the Kelpies is Loch Ness. Perhaps this is where the legend of the Loch Ness Monster comes from.
The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk celebrate the mythical creatures. They are situated at the connection of the Forth and Clyde canals as a tribute to the work horses had previously done pulling the boats on the canal.
Want to learn more and see the sculptures of these magical beasts for yourself?
Check out our Loch Lomond, the Kelpies and Stirling Castle day tour.