Enjoying the local area with a visit to the Kelpies with Emma

The Kelpies are surely one of Scotland’s most loved and visited attractions of recent years. These giant horse heads stand a whopping 30 metres (100ft) tall and are quite a sight to see up close.

We live in the nearby town to the Kelpies so given the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions and limited choice of things to do we decided to take a drive over and enjoy these awesome sculptures once again.

The Kelpies and Helix Park are literally on our doorstep so visiting them whenever we want is easy and is often our go-to when we fancy a little stroll. It’s a beautiful visitor attraction and park with wheelchair access throughout.

There are several car parks with disabled bays, but there is also a barrier that disabled blue badge holders can gain access to which provides disabled parking at the visitor centre. This is where we parked as it’s only a short walk to the actual Kelpies themselves.

The visitor centre has an accessible toilet, cafe and gift shop inside. We didn’t go in on this occasion but have been inside many times. There are current safety measures in place for anyone entering the visitor centre. A Changing Places toilet is also being built on-site which is amazing.

Since I’m still shielding we chose a weekday for our visit to the Kelpies as we knew there wouldn’t be many people around. We practically had the whole place to ourselves for the first time ever - it was great.

Even though it was cold it was still really nice to get outside for some fresh air. It also gave us a chance to try out the new tyres that we had fitted last week by Kwik Fit mobile service. The two rear tyres on our Ford Tourneo Connect WAV had barely any tread left so we needed to get them replaced in time for winter.

The mobile service is available for Motability Scheme customers who can’t get to the nearest Kwik Fit centre or if there are accessibility issues at their local centre. The tyre technician came to our home to replace the tyres and the whole process was quick and easy.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll around the Kelpies and Helix Park. But it also felt good to get back into our WAV and blast the heating to warm ourselves up. I also have a heated blanket that I keep in there. I just plug it into one of the auxiliary power outlets and it keeps me cosy during car journeys on cold days. It’s bliss!

Christmas is just around the corner and although we won’t be able to attend Christmas events and go shopping for gifts like we’re used to, I’m hoping to drive around our local area and see the Christmas light displays.

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