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Selfies with Kelpies finalists chosen

26 July 2016

Three finalists have been chosen from more than 120 photos taken with the mini Kelpies in Inverness.

Thousands of visitors are believed to have been drawn by the 1:10 scale models of the world famous Kelpies sculpture – two 100-foot high horses’ heads installed at Falkirk – during their three-week stint at Inverness Campus, which ended at the weekend.

To coincide with their appearance, and to mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which owns the Campus, ran a ‘Selfies with the Kelpies’ competition. This was to encourage people to visit the kelpies and at the same time discover the public parkland, footpaths and cycle ways at the Campus.

People uploaded their images to HIE’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. HIE has selected three finalists, which are now out to public vote on the social media channels. The vote is open until Sunday 31 July and the owner of the image with the most votes will win a summer goodie bag, including a trip to see the real Kelpies.

Karen Thomson, senior development manager for Inverness Campus, said: “It was a great opportunity to host the mini Kelpies Inverness visit at the Campus. They proved hugely popular and not a day went by without groups of people turning up to see them, regardless of the weather. We are absolutely delighted with the response to the selfie competition. There were some amazing pics and so many deserving winners. Narrowing it down to just three has been a real challenge.”

One of the last groups to see the mini Kelpies at the Campus was a group of mainly North Americans, whose Disney Magic cruise ship docked at Invergordon. They joined a day tour with local tour operator Wow Scotland.

The mini kelpies are now on their way to Kirkcudbright, although there is speculation they could be back in Inverness in September at a different location.


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