Official naming of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal

Join us – and our Royal guest – for this very special occasion!

We’re very excited to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to The Helix on July 5th as Scotland’s newest canal section, built as part of the £43m Helix project which features the internationally-acclaimed, 30-metre-high Kelpies sculptures, is named in her honour. You can read all about it here!

The naming of the new canal section marks the conclusion to the Millennium Link project which was opened 15 years ago, along with The Falkirk Wheel, by Her Majesty The Queen. The project returned Scotland’s canals to a navigable state for the first time in almost 50 years.

Royal Celebrations!

Come and help us celebrate as Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh lead a flotilla of boats along the new canal section before unveiling a plaque officially naming the waterway the Queen Elizabeth II Canal.

Sculptor Andy Scott will also be on hand with Clydesdale horses to talk The Queen through the inspiration behind The Kelpies.

Be Inspired!

Take a look at this – you won’t be able to stay away!

Don’t miss out!

Don’t miss this fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime celebration! Get ready to spot the best dressed boat, start practicing your Royal wave and keep up-to-date on our Facebook event page!

Heading along?

Aaccess to the onsite car parks, the Kelpies Plaza and the visitor centre will be restricted from Tuesday 4th July at 9pm. Please be aware that the Kelpies Plaza will NOT be accessible during the night of the 4th July.

On the 5th of July, onsite car parks will remain closed until 1pm. The Visitor Centre will be closed until 2.30pm. The park will only be accessible to pedestrians with access limited around The Kelpies.

The car park at Falkirk Stadium will be open as usual but will be very busy. We advise visitors to use public transport or walk/cycle to the park where possible.

A shuttle bus will be available from Falkirk Stadium to the main Kelpie Car Park. This service is open to blue badge holders and those over the age of 65 years on a first come first served basis between 9:30am and 10:30am on 5th July. The bus will then be available from 12:15pm for the return trip to Falkirk Stadium. Blue badge holders may be accompanied by 1 carer.

Note to those who use the pathways within the park as a commuter route; there will be no access through the Kelpies plaza from the 4th of July from 9pm until approximately 1pm on 5th July. Please see onsite signage for further information.

Please check The Helix’s Twitter account or the Helix Facebook page for live information.


More about The Kelpies!

The colossal Kelpies, which tower over a new section of the historic Forth & Clyde Canal, are the centrepieces of the £43m Helix project.

The scheme, driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and supported by an award of £25m from the Big Lottery Fund, has transformed 350 hectares of underused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant parkland, visitor attraction and marine hub with the canal and The Kelpies at its heart.

Inspiration for The Kelpies came from the heavy horses which pulled boats and cargo along the towpaths of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in their heyday. The transport arteries of the Industrial Revolution, the canals and the horses that walked them played a huge role in the development of the area. The sculptures’ name was derived from the mythical Celtic water horses which could transform their shape and which were reputed to have the strength of 10 horses and the endurance of many more

More than 2.5 million visitors from all over the world have stood in the shadow of the sculptures since their unveiling in April 2014, bringing renewed vibrancy and income to the area and boosting the local economy by an estimated £2.5m per year.

Points of Interest

Use the legend to find things to do around the Forth & Clyde Canal, and The Helix & Kelpies