Edinburgh’s Christmas and other festive fun!

I can’t tell you how excited I was when my friend came to visit from Germany. This is a really good friend of mine who I went to Edinburgh University with. She will also be the bridesmaid at the OH’s and my September wedding. The last time I saw my friend was at her own wedding in Germany…16 months ago!

When she mentioned coming to visit, I immediately started planning where I wanted to take her to eat and see. With our shared love of horses, the first thing I knew she would want to see is the Kelpies scuplture at The Helix park in Falkirk.

Sculptor, Andy Scott, named the sculpture to represent the mythological transforming beasts that possessed the strength and endurance of 100 horses. He attributed this quality to the transformational change of our landscapes, endurance of our inland waterways and the strength of our communities.

Andy Scott’s vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the structural layout of the area. Andy sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities The Helix stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies.

From start to finish, construction of these mythical horses took 90 days from start to finish and was officially completed in November 2013.

A friend of mine had joined the guided tour where you can hear the history behind the sculptures and detailed information about how they were constructed. Based on what she was told about the sculptures, I had a closer look at you really can see that each individual piece of metal is cut by hand…no two pieces of the 990 unique stainless steel skin-plates are the same shape.

Standing at 30 metres high and weighing in at 300 tonnes each, these horses are truly a sight to behold.

During my friend’s visit, we also walked around town to capture some iconic shots of the city as well as visiting the BareMinerals counter at Jenners for some makeover fun.

View of Edinburgh City from Calton Hill

Visiting the BareMinerals counter

Following our Christmas tradition and went to the Christmas Market which is part of the Edinburgh’s Christmas campaign. If you’ve not yet been to Edinburgh between the end of November and the beginning of January, various rides, an ice skating rink and stalls selling food and beverages, fun accessories and jewellery.

Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions and rides can be found in Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew’s Square until 4th January.

What’s your favourite part of Edinburgh’s Christmas? Do you have a favourite memory?


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