Kelpie sculptures to return to Kelso

The Kelpie Maquettes in Kelso

Published: Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Following a successful stay in 2015, the Kelpie Maquettes are returning to Kelso town centre in May.

Once again, the three Kelso and District ward members have agreed to fund the visit of the one-tenth scale touring sculptures with ‘Quality of Life’ funding.

Visitor attraction

The visit, from Friday 12 May to Monday 15 May, coincides with the Floors Castle Horse Trials, and the Councillors hope that having the Kelpie Maquettes in The Square will help to encourage visitors in to the town centre.

The Kelpie Maquettes are being loaned by us from Falkirk Council. The only costs are connected with transport and security.

The three metre high artworks, hand crafted by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, were made as models to create the world’s largest equine sculpture, The Kelpies, which is the centrepiece of the 350 hectare Helix Park in Falkirk and forms a dramatic gateway to the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Kelso councillors Tom Weatherston, Alec Nicol and Simon Mountford

“We were all delighted with the impact that the Kelpies Maquettes had in 2015, with people coming from across the Borders and beyond to see them. Many people attending the horse trials were also encouraged to come into the town centre.

“We are pleased to bring them back in May, when once again their visit will coincide with the horse trials. We hope that our local traders will benefit from the increased footfall.”

Doug Wilson, Regional Director for VisitScotland

“We are delighted that the Kelpie Maquettes  are coming back to Kelso this summer. The Kelpies have quickly become one of Scotland’s most well-loved landmarks and the maquette tour across Scotland has proved extremely popular, attracting visitors as well as locals to see the eye-catching statues across the country.

“Their arrival in Kelso to coincide with the famous Floors Castle Horse Trials is sure to provide an added incentive for visitors to the region and a welcome boost for local businesses in the town.”

More information on the Kelpies

As the world’s largest equine sculpture, centrally located between Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Kelpies form a dramatic centrepiece to The Helix, a £43million project that is transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth and has been funded via a partnership between The Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.

The Kelpies create a gateway into The Helix and the Forth & Clyde canal and are the result of a unique collaboration between the partners and Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott. The 30 metre (100ft) high steel structures pay homage to the tradition of the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland’s canals and worked in the fields in the area where they now stand.

The Kelpies and Helix Park have now had over 2 million visitors since they opened and the sculptures feature in a specially created timelapse film celebrating Falkirk.