I sometimes wonder if my love of Scotland is born slightly out of my fear of flying – as a way for my brain to trick me into not feeling as though I am missing out when I see amazing photos from around the world or when I see far flung friends and family whose lives are constantly changing and we aren’t as large a part of anymore. Then I tend to stop thinking and analysing so much and head off into my local area.
Today’s post is actually about a trip I took in June. Oddly enough I have been watching posts about Jupiter Artland pop up in my Bloglovin feed over the last couple of weeks and since I love a good bandwagon here I am. Joking aside I have been wanting to visit Jupiter Artland for a couple of years.
I chose to take the bus for the 35 minute journey from Edinburgh city centre to Jupiter Artland main gates in West Lothian. Now I don’t know who wrote that information that the journey would only take 35 minutes but I am assuming that journey was at 4am or something 🙂 An hour and twenty minutes later I arrived at the gates feeling harassed – I should have taken the bike. I had done a 50 mile cycle the day before and I was worried the legs wouldn’t cope with another 36 but I think they would have been fine. Anyway all that harassed feeling disappeared as I wandered up the drive to meet my mate. We wandered and chatted around the sculpture garden for a good while (we got told off for climbing on a sculpture but I promise you we thought we could, there were no signs and it seemed so climbable – sorry Antony Gormley). The Light Pours Out of Me by Anya Gallaccio an amethyst chamber was a definite favourite of mine, the sunlight sparkled in it and the fact it had been raining minutes before gave the chamber a beautiful sheen.
I also loved the donkeys and the peacock who gave me an impromptu face massage when he turned round quickly making us laugh. The whole place had a lovely laid back vibe to it where art and nature happily combine and the setting is stunning.
It felt like discovering somewhere completely new right on my doorstep and I have been telling everybody about it since. If you are visiting Edinburgh or the surrounding area it is well worth the trip! If you are local I recommend it even more, definitely a worthwhile trip and it can be done by bus or bike – just maybe allow a little more time for travel than I did!