Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday Smiles - Falkirk, The Kelpies and The Wheel

Hi Everyone,

Warning! A photo heavy post follows.

I hope you having a lovely Friday and that there's been a lot to smile about in the week. Last week, on my post for Annie's Friday Smiles, I mentioned that we were off to Falkirk to celebrate my husband's birthday. Needless to say, we had a fabulous time, found plenty to smile about, and the weather was kind too. I took a ton of photos so I thought I'd show some, in the form of montages otherwise you'd be here all day.

Falkirk is a town that sits in the very heart of Scotland, midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The town has some very attractive buildings, this is just a few. Click on the montage to see it enlarged.

Falkirk Trinity Church, also known as The Faw Kirk, with it's ancient graveyard, is sited in the centre of the town. It contains important historical memorials from the time of William Wallace, the Battle of Falkirk (1298) and a later second Battle in 1746. The carvings are in the wall surrounding the churchyard.

All around the town on pavements and walls are engraved quotations, including part of William Wallace's famous cry for Freedom.

The magnificent Kelpies, designed by sculptor Andy Scott, are situated in the The Helix - a recreational park with visitor attractions that include a lagoon, wetlands, splash play area, trails and other outdoor events. The Kelpies, standing 30 metres high, are the world's largest equine sculptures. The name, The Kelpies, reflects the mythological water horses that are part of Scottish folklore. It is said that these water kelpies are shape-shifting creatures that occupy our lochs and rivers, much of their bodies being underwater and that they posses the strength and endurance of 10 horses.

Each Kelpie has a name, Duke and Baron, and a descriptive 'Head Down' and 'Head Up'.

They each have a quotation of their own too. Falkirk folk clearly love their quotations.

The Saturday we were there coincided with a National Addiction Recovery Walk, organised by the Scottish Recovery Consortium. Those that attended were each given a red rose which was ceremonially thrown into the Forth & Clyde canal that is located just behind The Kelpies.

After the Kelpies we went on to visit the Falkirk Wheel - another amazing feat of engineering. The Wheel is the world's only rotating boat lift. It's breathtaking. For even better photos do click the link, it is worth it!

And it seems we can't get away from the Kelpies, not that we would want to, because there's another set of 1:10 scale maquettes on display at the base of the Wheel.

And finally, we had a bit of a giggle when Alan decided he had to take his cap off while one of the security men obliged by taking our photo.

Apologies for the length of this post but there really is a lot to see in Falkirk. We didn't manage the half of it so will have to return, perhaps next year, to visit the places we missed this time.

Hope you enjoyed my Friday Smiles and if you would like to see more do pop over to A Stitch In Time so see more reasons to smile at Annie's.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Annie said...

Hi Ellie. Lots of gorgeous photos. Looks like a fab time was had by all. Thanks for sharing them.
Annie x

mamapez5 said...

I love it when a post warns it is photo heavy. It is so interesting to have a look at places that I am never likely to visit. It looks as though you had a wonderful time. I like the building with the round turrets in the first set, and the Kelpies are magnificent. Thanks for sharing. Kate x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous photos. We live in a very diverse country despite it's small size and it's lovely to see all these wonderful sites. Have a great weekend, Angela x

Sandra H said...

l'm loving these photos your sharing they are amazing looks like lots of walking and fun hope you have a lovely weekend x

Robyn Oliver said...

Super photos Elizabeth, Falkirk is one very interesting town, amazing Kelpie sculptures. Have a fabulous weekend Cheers Robyn

Lisca said...

I love photo heavy posts, so don't worry. It's armchair traveling. I've never been to Felkirk and it looks a fab place to visit. The Kelpies are amazing and I went to the link of the boat lift and was even more amazed!
Sorry for the late comment. I've been busy yesterday preparing for Tracey's birthday party. (we had a belated birthday party for her last night which was a great success).
Thanks for your kind comments,
Have a great weekend,

Marie-Louise said...

Super photos Elizabeth. A very belated Happy Birthday to Alan.