Each Kelpie weighs in at 300 tonnes, is 30 metres high and contains 928 steel plates
The wheel is not built on the exact site of the original locks as this area has since been developed but instead a short distance away. This led to other obstructions to be overcome including building a length of tunnel 'Roughcastle' in a new culvert to link the canals.
The 1:10 scale Kelpies Maquettes are scale models commissioned to raise awareness of both the sculptures and the wheel and have been displayed in various locations from Sheffield to Chicago and even made an appearance in New York during Scotland Week 2014.
The boat trip was really interesting and the view from the top of the wheel on the return journey was good despite the weather.
As with the Kelpies we had a thoroughly enjoyable visit which I would recommend to any canal enthusiast. We returned to the city to enjoy a nice meal out and had a walk up the Royal Mile to the castle which was all lit up. There is a great view from the castle to the lower levels of Edinburgh.
Looking back down the Royal Mile
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