The Kelpies are brought to life

The Kelpies, Scotland’s newest tourist attraction, was launched last week with a spectacular light show.

Thousands of people of all ages made their way to the £43 million Helix project in Falkirk to see the 30-metre tall stars of the show lit up in a myriad of colour against a backdrop of shooting flames.

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

The crowd stood mesmerised as the spectacular show, put together by France’s Groupe F, signalled the international unveiling of the iconic sculptures.

Designed by Glasgow artist Andy Scott, the two giant horses heads were inspired by the Clydesdale horses which for centuries pulled boats along the towpaths of the nearby Forth & Clyde Canal.

Official tours of The Kelpies begin on Monday, April 21.

The Helix has been developed in partnership with Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals. It has transformed 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into parkland, lagoon and events area.

The project was kick-started by a £25 million grant from The Big Lottery Fund in 2005.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: “After all the hard work of the past eight years, I am absolutely delighted that we are celebrating this fantastic addition to Scotland’s international tourism offering.”

The Kelpies are expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors to the area and bring £1.5 million annually in tourism revenue.