Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, and Michael Matheson MSP, Falkirk West, have today congratulated The Kelpies on winning the Pioneer Award at the inaugural World Canals Awards.

The 30-metre high tourist attraction, which sits on the border between the two constituencies, won the award which acknowledges projects that are paving the way in growing tourism or creating sustainable income streams linked to the world’s canals. With major increases in tourism to the area attributed to The Kelpies and The Helix, the globally recognised Kelpies beat several other projects from across the world to win the title.

After lodging a motion in Parliament praising the success of The Kelpies in winning this award, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East said:
“This award is another in a long list of fantastic achievements belonging to The Kelpies. Not only have they given a new lease of life to the stretch of the canal here, they are an internationally recognised symbol for the Falkirk District, and for Scotland, to say that we are open for business, and are ready to welcome the world.

Commenting on the success, Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said:
“The Kelpies have now become a major national attraction, which brings thousands of people into the Falkirk area. It’s fantastic news that they have been awarded such a prestigious prize at the World Canals Conference recently held in Inverness.
“I would like to congratulate all those involved in showcasing the Kelpies and hope that their hard work continues to be recognised by many more accolades such as this.”