Ardrishaig’s spirits get a Kelpie boost

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Drivers were visibly doing a ‘double-take’ driving through Ardrishaig.

More used to seeing serried ranks of Sitka spruce piled at the harbour ready for loading on to cargo ships, motorists were instead treated to the majestic sight of two mini-Kelpies glimmering in the pierhead sunshine.

A smaller-scale version of the iconic 30-metre high Kelpies sculpture which sit beside the Forth and Clyde Canal near Falkirk, the three-metre-tall ‘macquettes’ were in fact used as a basis for the world-famous sculpture.

The mini Kelpies arrived in Ardrishaig on the afternoon of Thursday March 28, sparking a mini social media storm in the Loch Fyne-side village.

Their visit coincides with something of a revival in Ardrishaig, with the Scottish Canals-led regeneration of the former Gleaner and neighbouring sites to create a heritage hub due to open this summer.

The Kelpie sculptures are inspired by ancient Celtic mythology surrounding water spirits which inhabited every loch and waterway, with these occasionally taking the form of a horse.

Scottish Canals is hopeful their stabling in Ardrishaig will help rejuvenate the village’s spirits along with the other local developments.