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The Kelpie Maquettes are coming

Fri 10 Mar 17

Tourism St Andrews are proud to announce the Icons of modern Scottish design, The Kelpie Maquettes, are coming to St Andrews this summer, 2017.

From July 24th, The Kelpie Maquettes will be in St Andrews located on the Bruce Embankment, adjacent to British Golf Museum, behind the famous Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse and within sight of the stunning West Sands Beach.

The three metre high sculptures were hand crafted by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, and were used as models to create the world's largest equine sculpture, The Kelpies, situated in Falkirk. The Kelpie Maquettes tour the world helping to promote Scotland and the Falkirk area as visitor destinations.

Tourism St Andrews, the newly formed Local Tourist Authority for St Andrews, is working to ensure St Andrews is recognised as a global destination of choice. By bringing The Kelpie Maquettes to the town, it hopes to give visitors a unique experience as well as offering the local community the opportunity to participate in a programme of events themed around the beautiful sculptures.

Debbie MacCallum from Tourism St Andrews commented , "The Kelpies have become one of Scotland's most well-loved landmarks attracting visitors as well as locals to see the eye-catching statues across the country. Their arrival in St Andrews will hopefully provide an added incentive for visitors to the Kingdom and a welcome boost for local businesses in the town."

Tourism St Andrews is working with partners across St Andrews to deliver a full programme of exciting events, working with MUSA and the British Golf Museum there will be children's activities and workshops over the Summer and the opportunity for secondary school children to sample working in tourism workshops. Which have been funded by the Community Trust.

Brian Thomson , St Andrews Councillor commented , "I was delighted to support Tourism St Andrews' efforts to host the Kelpie maquettes in St Andrews. It's fantastic the iconic maquettes are coming to St Andrews and, given the impact that they have had elsewhere, I'm sure they will be a very popular attraction for both local residents and visitors to the town. I'd like to thank all who have made this possible, and particularly Falkirk Council for allowing the Kelpie maquettes to be displayed in St Andrews."

Their installation will coincide with the Ricoh Women's British Open, the International Photographic Festival, our returning St Andrews University students and their families and the Dunhill Golf, as well as the many cruise passengers and coach parties who arrive on a daily basis to enjoy our fabulous World class destination.

Rhonda McCrimmon from BID St Andrews is also delighted to support the initiative "We hope that the Kelpies maquettes will bring additional footfall for the local businesses in the town. There is a list of merchandise for our shops to stock in order to generate additional revenue, and there will be a schedule of activity surrounding their installation which will be publicised through our new consumer channel and its associated social media channels."

More information on the Kelpies

As the world's largest equine sculpture, centrally located between Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Kelpies form a dramatic centrepiece to The Helix, a £43million project that is transforming 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth and has been funded via a partnership between The Big Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.

The Kelpies create a gateway into The Helix and the Forth & Clyde canal and are the result of a unique collaboration between the partners and Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott. The 30 metre (100ft) high steel structures pay homage to the tradition of the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland's canals and worked in the fields in the area where they now stand.

The Kelpies and Helix Park have now had over 2 million visitors since they opened and the sculptures feature in a specially created timelapse film celebrating Falkirk.

For further information on the Kelpies coming to St Andrews, please contact Debbie MacCallum of Tourism St Andrews [email protected].

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