Set within 80 acres of woodland surrounding a private country house, Jupiter Artland is a bit like what you’d get if Willy Wonga was given the keys to a museum. The minute you drive into the park on the outskirts of Edinburgh, you begin a journey through a landscape which has the most eclectic mix of individual works of sculpture as well as landscaping that is everything from odd to amazing and thought-provoking.
On my last visit after driving between two massive grass spirals called the Cells of Life, there was a large pile of carefully arranged tyres, followed by a large neon sign stating ‘you imagine what you desire’. Big names of the art world are here such as Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, although my favourite (although I couldn’t really see it properly in October) was ‘Winter Shadow’. The winter shadows of the chestnut trees are replicated in spring by black tulips. Even if you find the sculptures a bit odd, it is a great place for a long walk followed by a hot drink at the onsite cafe to try and make sense of it all. It is easiest to get there by car although there is a bus stop nearby for buses from the city centre.