STIRLING CASTLE - THE KELPIES - FALKIRK WHEEL
FROM GLASGOW & EDINBURGH
Explore the stunning medevil Stirling Castle. Once a home for Scottish royals, Admire the 100ft glistening sculpures of Andy Scott’s Equine Kelpies and the 80ft boat lift that is the Falkirk Wheel. A feat of 20th century engineering
We then travel north to the City of Stirling. Dating back to the 12th century, Stirling Castle sits majestically on a rugged crag above the City of Stirling and the surrounding plains. The castle commands a place in as one of the most important landmarks in Scotland’s bloody and brutal history. It was the of major strategic importance in any attempts on invasion, as it allowed the victor to control the north and south of our great country. It was also the playground of young royals such as Mary Queen of Scots and later, her son King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England. During one 50 year period it changed hands no less than 8 times! Today it still epitomises the splendour in which our royalty lived in the 16th century.
From the Castle there are commanding views of The National Wallace Monument, celebrating the memory of Sir William Wallace, a national hero, who laid the groundwork for Scotlands eventual independence from England in 1314.
After our castle tour, we journey east towards the River Forth and the The Helix Park, which incorporates “The Kelpies.” It is near beginning of the Union Canal. Created by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, standing 30 metres (100 feet) tall, these 2 stainless steel horse figures are the largest equine sculptures in the world, paying tribute to the work horses on the canals that kept industry moving before the age of steam.
We then travel a short distance to visit The Falkirk Wheel, which is another feat in Scottish engineering. It is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world and raises boats 24 metres (79 feet), allowing vessels to travel between the Union Canal on the east to the Forth and Clyde Canal in the west.
You eventually return to Glasgow or Edinburgh by mid evening.
Duration: 8-10 hours