Today the Helix Park had two reasons to celebrate . The temperature hit a high for this year at 26 degrees . The Helix also announced it had won a treasured Green Flag award from environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The awards are in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality green parkland. The Helix, run by Falkirk Community Trust, has received the award acknowledging the quality outdoor space that it provides and the wider benefits it delivers for communities – including enabling and encouraging exercise, improving mental well-being and encouraging play for child development.
The Kelpies in the Helix Park opened to the public 2 years ago . The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past . Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes . Download our free screensaver of the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth . Visit the Kelpies and enjoy a tour .
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Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport
Destination : The Kelpies , Falkirk
Journey time : 30 minutes
Fare : £35
Pick up point : Edinburgh Airport
Destination : The Falkirk Wheel
Journey time : 35 minutes
Fare : £38
The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with 27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland . The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely anticipated 30m landmark scupltures, the Kelpies. A taxi from Edinburgh to the Kelpies takes about 30 minutes from the airport .
The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.
The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area, which could host large scale events , has potential to bring in revenue to the area , although it is not clear just how much . Callendar Park used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new playpark. A set of giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower over the park.
Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed .
The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk, a short journey from Edinburgh Airport . Visit the Kelpies with Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth