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Getting here

How to get here and parking

Our address is: The Kelpies, The Helix, Falkirk, FK2 7ZT 

By Road

Follow the brown tourist signs marked "Helix park and Kelpies".

From Edinburgh leave at junction 5 and from Stirling leave at junction 6 and then follow the brown tourist signs on the trunk roads.

  • From Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 for Falkirk/Grangemouth and then follow the brown tourism signs to `Helix park and Kelpies`
  • From Glasgow - take the M80 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 8 for M876 and join M9, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk/Grangemouth and then follow the brown tourism signs to `Helix park and Kelpies`
  • From Carlisle and the South - M74, M73, M80, M876, M9, and follow the signs for Falkirk as above.
  • From Perth and the North - A9, M9 towards Edinburgh, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk as above.

Within the Helix the first car park is free of charge.

Charges apply in the second car park, which is situated closer to the Kelpies. The charging period operates from April to October inclusive: 10am - 8pm. From 23rd October to Thursday 29th March there is no charge for this car park. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Kelpies car park is closed between 8pm and 8am from October through to March (inclusive). The first car park will remain open for visitors at all times. The distance from the first car park to The kelpies is 0.8km. 

car park charges

The car parks within the Helix fills up quickly on busy days, so arriving early helps, or try parking at Falkirk Stadium (FK2 9EE) and enjoy the 1 mile walk through Helix Park to the Kelpies. 

Electric Vehicles

If you are visiting us using an electric vehicle, electric vehicle chargepoints can be found at the Falkirk Stadium (near The Helix). These include a Triple Head Rapid Charger unit and two 22kW Type 2 dual socket posts. 

The chargepoints are administered by Charge your Car (CYC) and provide a great location to top up while you enjoy a walk or cycle around The Helix, or to The Kelpies and back

By Bus

There is no direct bus to the Kelpies from Falkirk High or Falkirk Grahamston train stations however the First Bus number 3 will drive you from Gartcows Row (5 mins from Falkirk High Station) to the Falkirk stadium (near the Helix). The routes 3, 4, 4a and 4b will get you from Falkirk town centre and Falkirk Grahamston to the Falkirk stadium (near the Helix).

For more information or other First bus services operating throughout the Falkirk area, click here or call First Bus on 01324 602200.

By Train

  • From Edinburgh to Falkirk High (25 minutes) or Falkirk Grahamston (35 minutes). Please see `By Bus` for bus routes from Falkirk High directly into The Helix & The Kelpies.
  • From Glasgow Queen Street to Falkirk High (20 minutes) or Falkirk Grahamston (50 minutes)
  • From Stirling to Falkirk Grahamston (15 minutes)
  • From London direct to Falkirk Grahamston (5 hours) or change at Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • There are also services to Polmont Station, Larbert Station and Camelon Station.

By Boat

  • Sail in to The Kelpies Hub using the new Forth & Clyde Sea Lock. The sea lock is equipped with a crane for de-masting. This new sea lock gives safer access to the Forth & Clyde canal, allowing you to sail through the canal to Glasgow and the West of Scotland beyond.

More information on Canal Boat access can be found on the Scottish Canals website.

Local Taxi Services

  • Bruce Taxis: 0500 636000
  • Express Taxis: 0500 638000

Distances from Airports

  • Edinburgh:19 miles
  • Glasgow: 35 miles
  • Prestwick: 57 miles