The Kelpies horse-head sculptures grabbed the headlines but a fantastic adventure park lies in their shadow, offering cycling paths, climbing frames, water activities and more, within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh
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In a nutshell
The Kelpies – two gigantic horse-head sculptures – get all the attention but the surrounding Helix park is a great place for children: a 860-acre urban green space with the Forth and Clyde canal running through it. Opened in 2013, the £43m park has become a day-trip favourite for families in Scotland’s Central Belt. On the water, take your pick from pedalos, canoes and kayaks. On bikes, there’s an easy path network, connected to two National Cycle Routes. But with its musical stairs, climbing frames for all ages and spiralling slides, the play park steals the show.
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