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Getting here

How to get here and parking

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

By Road

Important notice:  Unfortunately the Helix and Kelpies are not yet signposted from the M9. 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 - 5pm

The car parks within the Helix fills up quickly on busy days, so arriving early helps, or try parking at Falkirk Stadium (FK2 9DX - possibly add link to their web site) 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

The First Bus F14 route will drive you from Falkirk High Station (see by train) to the Kelpies. The service runs with an hourly route (Monday to Sunday). The last service departs from The Kelpies at 18.32. Check the First Bus timetable to know more. 

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