Visit South West Scotland

Quick Search


Visitor Info : Local Information : Days Out : Glenkiln Sculptures

Glenkiln Sculptures

Glenkiln Sculptures

Glenkiln, Shawhead

There are 6 sculptures by Henry Moore, Sir Jacob Epstein and Auguste Rodin imaginatively sited in this beautiful glen. The works were bought and placed by the landowner Sir William Keswick, starting in 1951.

Glenkiln is reached by turning off the A75 6 miles west of Dumfries sign-posted to Shawhead. At Shawhead turn right following the sign for Dunscore, then immediately left. After about 100 yards turn left again following the signs to Glenkiln. Follow the road past the reservoir, at the end of the reservoir turn right into a car park just by John the Baptist sculptured by Rodin.
From this car park you can start the walk up Bishop Forest Hill which gives fine views over Glenkiln. The Standing Figure by Henry Moore is positioned just north of the reservoir.
The Glenkiln Cross by Henry Moore is located half way along the west side of the reservoir and is a short walk from the car. The cross is the central part of a crucifiction triptych which can be seen in its entirety in London’s Battersea Park as well as at the Otterlo in Holland and Fort Worth, Texas.
Further down the road is another lay-by below Henry Moore’s King and Queen sculpture. A walk starts from here taking in the other 2 sculptures, Visitation by Jacob Epstein and Two Piece Reclining Figure No1 by Moore.

Mark Chambers, Nunland