Kim Cums: A Visit to The Kelpies

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Where did you go on your last trip?

My last major holiday was to Ireland and Scotland. I spent most of my vacation in quiet places; nights in small towns, tours at ancient and historical sites, and hikes through natural landscapes. However, I did not want to skip all of the major tourist attractions, after all, there’s a reason they are so popular. Earlier this week on Instagram, I posted a slightly abstract picture from one of my stops and had people try to guess Where and What it was.

The answer to my riddle was The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland.

The Kelpies stand 30 metres high, weigh 300 tonnes each, and required 1200 tonnes of steel reinforced concrete foundations per head (source:

According to, The Kelpies were built as “monumental tributes to the horse power heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland”. They were inspired by the legend of the kelpies, shape-changing water spirits that often took the shape of a horse. It was said that kelpies had the strength and endurance of 100 horses.

 It’s hard to appreciate the scale of The Kelpies until you see them in person. They are a beautiful piece of architecture and a wonderful piece of engineering, and definitely worth stopping by on your own tour.


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