Only a decade ago, the land between Grangemouth and the north side of Falkirk was an uninspiring area of underused semi-industrial land. Thanks to a huge amount of lottery and government funding, since about 2012 the space has gradually been transformed into a 350-hectare belt of smart urban park. £40 million+ has got local residents a new section of the Forth and Clyde Canal providing better access to the River Carron, 17 miles of pathways, a new lagoon and boating pond, new wetland habitats for wildlife, modern sculptures dotted around... and the magnificent Kelpies. This huge pair of mythical water horses was constructed out of stainless steel by Andy Scott and have really placed Falkirk on the tourist map; if you don't have time to stop, look out for them when driving along the M9.
|[Lagoon and boating pond]|
Name: The Helix ★★★☆☆
Location (The Kelpies): Off the A9, north-east side of Falkirk, G.R.: NS 907821 ///wings.steer.flames
Cost (2017): Free (one of the car parks has a charge)
|[The Helix, Forth and Clyde Canal & The Kelpies]|