Iconic Kelpies drop in on Deeside farm

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Set against a stunning backdrop of the Deeside hills, the iconic Kelpies marquettes stand tall, marking the 25th anniversary of Belwade Farm.

Staff at World Horse Welfare’s Aboyne rehoming centre welcomed the three-metre high, scaled down copies of the Kelpies to the area with an unveiling today, Thursday, April 30.

The original Kelpies are the centrepiece of the new 350 hectare Helix Park in Falkirk, with the sculpture forming a dramatic gateway to the new section of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Fresh from visits to the Grand National at Aintree and the VisitScotland Expo in Aberdeen, the two marquettes turned heads as they were driven down Banchory High Street to Belwade.

One of the Kelpies was modelled on Clydesdale Baron, who was a rescue horse at Belwade. Baron retired last year after working for Glasgow City Council, where he turned his hooves to everything from gardening to giving rides to children. After returning to the Deeside centre, Baron found a new home and is enjoying his retirement on the West Coast of Scotland.

The marquettes will be on display at the Visitor Centre as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations until Thursday, May 14.

Centre Manager Eileen Gillen said: “It’s been amazing and it has put us more on the map.

“The centre has been a terrific asset to the charity and now we have got our gorgeous Kelpies.”

Belwade Farm recently won Best Visitor Attraction at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.