Scots Roots

Jupiter Artland
June 27, 2016, 9:55 am
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CELLS OF LIFE – Charles Jencks

Jupiter Artland 2Taking it’s inspiration from Ian Hamilton Findlay’s ‘Little Sparta’, Jupiter Artland is a collection of artworks by internationally renowned artists spread across the grounds of Bonnington House near Wilkieston in West Lothian.

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FROM EAR TO HERE V.20 – Celeste Boursier – Mougenot


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TEMPLE OF APOLLO – Ian Hamilton Finlay

The formal gardens, meadows and woodland around the Jacobean house have been adapted to create a unique sculpture park across the 100 acre estate.

The owners, art collectors Robert and Nicky Wilson, have spent the years since buying the house and grounds in 1999 commissioning art works inspired by the landscape.

Any money raised from events, exhibitions etc is put towards an education programme so that children in Scotland can benefit from the inspiring environment at Jupiter Artland.



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FIRMAMENT – Antony Gormley


Strome Castle
June 10, 2016, 10:41 am
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: , ,

Strome Castle 1Strome Castle 2Strategically placed on a rocky promontory on the north side of Loch Carron in Wester Ross, Strome Castle was built in the early 1400s as a stronghold for the Lords of the Isles.

Strome Castle 3The castle later became a source of bitter rivalry between the Clan McDonald of Glengarry and the Clan Mackenzie of Kintail.


Following a long siege in 1602, the MacDonalds surrendered the castle to the Mackenzies who promptly demolished it and blew it up.

Today you can still see the remains of what would have been a square stone tower with four foot thick walls.

Through the window you can look down the loch towards the Isle of Skye in the west.

Strome Castle was donated to the National Trust for Scotland in 1939.

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