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Kelpies tours

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Explore the famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk . Phone 07305-294773 for more details.

The Kelpies gifts shop features Kelpies phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, stickers , greeting cards , t-shirts , prints and throw pillows .

If you haven’t visited the Kelpies yet you can take a virtual tour of them online. 

Tours start at 10 am weekdays and 11.30 pm weekends .

Normal pickup point is your Edinburgh city centre hotel, Airbnb or your port. 

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 .

Itinerary

  • five hour private tour group day trip around Falkirk
  • Explore the world famous Kelpies , a unique tribute to the Clydesdale horses that used to pull barges along the canals of Scotland
  • the Kelpies are the largest equine sculpture in the world
  • the Falkirk Wheel , a unique rotating boat lift
  • historic Callendar House featuring a working kitchen
  • Take in unique views of the historic Callendar House and Park
  • day trips from Edinburgh
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of four people
  • phone 07305-294773 for more details

Falkirk Wheel

Explore the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House in Falkirk in our Private Falkirk tours. The Falkirk Wheel replaced nine locks on the Union Canal , saving travellers half a day on the journey to Edinburgh . The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world , designed to transfer boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal . A boat trip over the Falkirk Wheel is available from April to November ( not included in the tour price ) .

Boat Trip Times

We recommend you turn up at least 30 mins before your booked boat trip.
  • 11.30
  • 12.30
  • 13.40

Winter Opening Hours

1st November 2018 to March 2019

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm

The world famous Kelpies

The Kelpies sculptures are the largest equine sculptures in the world and they have become Scotland’s best known cultural landmark with over one million visitors .

The Kelpies are 30 metre high sculptures of Clydesdale horses , a unique tribute to the work horses of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the freight barges and coalships along the canals of Scotland in the nineteenth century . Canals shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The Kelpies are the centrepiece of the Helix Park in Falkirk .

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The Kelpies have become the most famous equine sculptures in the world . But now they have been given another name to make them more attractive to Chinese tourists.

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 .

Visit the Kelpies gift shop for 50 different photo gifts including t-shirts , throw pillows and prints . Free pickup and dropoff in Edinburgh

VisitBritain, which markets the UK abroad, has dubbed them ‘Kai Po Ju Ma’ in promotional literature in China – which translates as “glorious armoured giant horses”.

Callendar House in Falkirk has just received a five-star rating from VisitScotland. The 14th century building, set within Callendar Park and opened to the public in 1996 after centuries as a family home with links to Mary Queen of Scots, has achieved the national tourism organisation’s top-quality award. The House dates back to the 14th century. 

 For categories including core experience, catering, hospitality, friendliness, staff efficiency and cleanliness it reached “exceptional” standard following a Quality Assurance visit. 

The house is a credit to the local area and is a fantastic free day out. It features art, history, interactive fun and a warm welcome from the team, all set within beautiful parklands. Also possibly the best cakes in Falkirk in the tearoom.

The House, which sits along a stretch of the Antonine Wall, is also a member of VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best and VIP schemes. It boasts a working 19th century kitchen where costumed staff create an interactive experience for visitors and offer samples of early 1800s food as well as a museum which details the story of the house and area covering the 11th to 19th centuries. 

 Falkirk’s tourism offering going from strength to strength as it becomes the third five-star attraction in the area. 

Our tour of Falkirk features a visit to the world famous Kelpies , the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.

We stop for up to an hour at each location .

Lunch , refreshments and the boat trip over the Falkirk Wheel are not included in the tour price .

This tour costs £150 for a private group of up to four people.

Pictures of Scotland prints of the Kelpies.

Our photo tours of Scotland set off from Edinburgh and feature visits to the top scenic locations in the Highlands of Scotland. Perfect for iPhone and DSLR users with a passion for landscape photography .

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 .

Edinburgh transfers

Free pickup and dropoff in Edinburgh

For more details about availability phone 0131 549 9785 / 07305-294773 .

Visit the Kelpies gift shop for 50 different photo gifts including t-shirts , throw pillows and prints . Free pickup and dropoff in Edinburgh

This day trip from Edinburgh is ideal for solo travellers and small groups of up to to 4 people .

Day trip from Edinburgh

Your tour guide/ driver is David . Find out more about him on Tripadvisor

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The Outlaw King tour – one day private tour

Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce the lavish Netflix

Take a tour of The Outlaw King film locations in Scotland , featuring Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace . Phone 07305-294773 for more details. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce the lavish Netflix production was filmed at 45 different locations across Scotland .

  • Blackness Castle
  • Linlithgow Palace
  • Bannockburn
  • Doune Castle
  • Dunfermline Abbey

Robert the Bruce was born on the 11th of July 1274 in Turnberry Castle and died in 1329 in Cardross. Bruce’s body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey and his heart is buried in the ruins of Melrose Abbey.

The Outlaw King Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone Palace on the Stone of Destiny.

Robert the Bruce , the Outlaw King
Robert the Bruce , the Outlaw King

Robert was King of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329.

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Blackness Castle stars in movie blockbuster The Outlaw King

Blackness Castle plays a major role in the 120 million dollar movie blockbuster The Outlaw King, premiered in Edinburgh on 19 October and released on Netflix on 9 November .

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace , Linlithgow tours

Dunfermline Abbey is where King Robert the Bruce was buried .

Bannockburn is the scene of the epic battle where Robert’s army defeated the English in  a major turning point in the Wars of Independence .

Doune Castle was a major film location .

The Outlaw King tells the story of how Robert the Bruce, who defied England’s King Edward I, became a hunted fugitive but turned the tables to inflict crushing defeat on the English army at Bannockburn and ultimately won Scottish independence.

 

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Blackness Castle stars in movie blockbuster The Outlaw King

 

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Blackness Castle stars in The Outlaw King

Many or most of the extras involved are Scottish – the production company was besieged by Scots aiming to play the part of foot soldiers in King Robert’s army when it advertised for extras last year. Veteran actor James Cosmo,  who appears in the film reportedly says it could be Scotland’s greatest ever movie, likely to replicate for key Scottish historic sites the phenomenal surge of visitors to Stirling in the wake of the 1995 release of Braveheart (in which he also starred). That will mean new droves of tourists heading for Blackness, already benefiting from its appearance in Outlander, and to many other locations across the central belt associated with the Scottish Wars of Independence.

The Outlaw King tours – one day tour

  • tour price £200
  • five film locations
  • full day tour

Exclusions

  • lunch and refreshments
  • entrance tickets

Phone 07305-294773 or contact us online for bookings .

Souvenir t-shirts , phone cases and prints are available for purchase online .

Rounding off a golden year for major Scottish-based history epics a new movie about Mary Queen of Scots also launches in November. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment.”

Jenni Steele, film and creative industries manager at national tourism agency VisitScotland, said: “Film tourism is booming in Scotland, with the Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots some of the exciting new films set to feature the country on screen. “

The movie is on general release from November 9, and its initial trailer clip, launched this week, registered 26 million views in the first 24 hours. It can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-G1BME8FKw Filmed entirely in 45 locations in Scotland , the movie was shot in key locations around the country, including Falkirk.

 

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Tours of Scotland

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Welcome to Tours of Scotland , your online guide to exploring the best that Scotland has got to offer – from the stunning landscapes and castles to the best whisky in the world, plus unique film and TV locations for Outlander , Monty Python and many more .

Phone 07305-294773 for more details or contact us online .