IN PICTURES: Kelpies visitor centre open for business

The long-awaited opening of the visitor centre at the Kelpies has finally arrived.

Falkirk Community Trust chairman Ian Scott and Falkirk Council Leader Councillor Craig Martin were among the local dignitaries at the ‘soft’ launch of the new tourist attraction.

Crowds flocked in on the visitor centre's first day of opening yesterday. Pictures: Michael Gillen

Crowds flocked in on the visitor centre's first day of opening yesterday. Pictures: Michael Gillen

An official opening is expected to be in December.

The visitor centre opened its doors for the first time yesterday with crowds flocking in to get a first glimpse of the new cafe restaurant and shop among its other facilities.

The Kelpies and Helix Park opened to the public in April 2014 and have been a popular destination for visitors from all over the country.