Talking about the new travel book – which now includes the Helix and the Kelpies – a Lonely Planet spokesperson said: “This is our list. It’s the 500 most thrilling, memorable, downright interesting places on this planet – and what’s more, we’ve ranked them in order of their brilliance.
“These are the places we think you should experience; there are sights that will humble you, amaze you and surprise you. They’ll provoke thoughts, emotions or just an urgent need to tell someone about them.”
Coming in a respectable 153rd out of 500 in the book’s attraction rankings the Helix project – which has already attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world – was designed to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace where people could take their entire family to relax and play, a location where large-scale events and gatherings can take place and – thanks to a large lagoon – a spot where watersports can also be enjoyed.
The Helix’s most visible – and probably most famous – feature is its 30 foot high Kelpies sculpture, which was created back in 2013 in time for the Helix opening in 2014.