Fast becoming an international Scottish icon the Kelpie Maquettes, having already made appearances in New York, Chicago, the Ryder Cup, the Grand National and the Scottish Cup Final, are being loaned to Kirkcudbright’s equally iconic Art & Crafts Trail.

The ‘Trail’ organisers (Pauline, Vivian and Colin) have pulled off this coup with the help of Falkirk Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Kelpie creator Andy Scott.

You won‘t want to miss the arrival of the Maquettes  on Monday July 25th at Fisherman’s Green by the picturesque harbour. There will be bunting, bagpipes and a truly Kirkcudbright carnival atmosphere. The magnificent sculptures will remain in position until Monday 29th August which will give visitors and locals a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of the sculpture at close hand and take photographs against the backdrop of the traditional Kirkcudbright fishing fleet and harbour cottages.

Created by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, the maquettes are exact replicas of the Kelpies at Falkirk and were in fact created first as one tenth size models (10 foot high) to base the full size 100 foot high, 300 ton Kelpies. The full size ‘Kelpies’ is the world’s largest equine sculpture. If you haven’t visited the full size ‘Kelpies’, situated in the Helix regeneration park between Falkirk and Grangemouth, yet find out more at www.visitfalkirk.com .

This coup for Kirkcudbright, and the rest of the region, is the latest in a year packed full of achievements and recognition for the three Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail organisers. Last May they received an Epic award for Scotland from Baroness Beeban Kidron at Media City and six months later they were thrilled to receive a Scottish Regional Thistle Award for Best Visitor Attraction for the trail which was presented to them in Glasgow on 4th November.

Speaking on behalf of her fellow organising team Pauline commented ‘We are thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity to exhibit the iconic Kelpie Maquettes in our Artists’ Town of Kirkcudbright. Here, not only for our award winning Art and Crafts Trail but, for four weeks this summer the maquettes will give visitors ,and locals alike,  a rare chance to see the beauty of the wonderful metal sculptures created by Andy Scott’.

Falkirk Council’s tourism spokesperson, Councillor Adrian Mahoney said ‘ The Kelpies have become an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Scotland with the maquettes acting as cultural ambassadors to promote the FAlkirk area and the nation as a whole. We are delighted that the Kelpie Maquettes are making their way to the Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail in July and August this year. This will certainly be a fantastic way to help promote the real Kelpies to the many visitors to this fantastic event’.

SO MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY TO VISIT THE TRAIL AND SEE THE MAQUETTES IN KIRKCUDBRIGHT. AND WHY NOT COME AND GIVE THEM A MASSIVE WELCOME ON MONDAY 25th JULY (FISHERMAN’S GREEN KIRKCUDBRIGHT)