Miniature Kelpies canter to Crinan

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Scale models of the world’s largest equine sculptures, have galloped into Ardrishaig.

The 1/10th scale models of the 30-metre-high Kelpie maquettes, which have promoted the historic Forth and Clyde Canal, at Falkirk, as a tourist destination, will be stabled in Ardrishaig Harbour on their first venture to ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’.

The three-metre-tall maquettes, which have toured the world promoting Scotland have previously appeared at major events including New York’s Scotland Week, the Grand National and the Ryder Cup.

The maquettes have been installed next to the steamer terminal at Ardrishaig Harbour, a brand new tourism hub and café located on the edge of the Crinan Canal, until the end of the summer.

Scottish Canals manager Cara Baillie  said: ‘There will be plenty of opportunities to take Kelpie Selfies and learn more about the steel structures.

‘We are delighted to be able to bring The Kelpies Maquettes to Ardrishaig for the first time.

‘The full-size monuments in Falkirk are a tribute to the horse-powered heritage, which once helped Queen Victoria pass through the Royal Route.

‘I’m sure the maquettes will prove popular with both our visitors and the people of Ardrishaig and the surrounding area.’

The colossal, 30-metre-tall Kelpies, which tower over a new section of the historic Forth and Clyde Canal, are the centrepieces of the £43m Helix project.

The scheme, driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and supported by an award of £25m from the Big Lottery Fund, has transformed 350 hectares of underused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant parkland.

More than three million visitors from all over the world have stood in the shadow of the sculptures since their unveiling in April 2014.

The 1/10th scale Kelpies are installed. NO_c14Kelpies01_ Maquettes

A historic photograph of Pier Square Ardrishaig. NO_c14kpiesquare01_ardrishaig