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Some of the world’s best contemporary environmental artists work in Dumfries & Galloway. Take an adventure and watch the sunset behind the huge Striding Arches; visit Creetown to find out about the mysterious work of granite sculptor Hideo Furuta; be surprised and inspired in the Galloway Forest Park by Matt Baker’s stone faces staring back from among the lofty trees and hillsides near the mirror-stillness of Clatteringshaws Loch.

  • The Striding Arches – Land Art in Dumfries & Galloway

    Striding Arches byDavid Baird

    The Striding Arches are a series of iconic red sandstone arches in an area of Dumfries & Galloway known as Cairnhead.

    Nearest village is Moniaive from where the arches can be reached by driving about 7 miles along a narrow but highly scenic road.

    All the arches are around 4 metres in height and are made from red Dumfries-shire sandstone. The Striding Arches have been created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy and has also created arches in New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

    Many of the Striding Arches are on hill tops involving strenuous walks and some of the arches have no defined paths leading to them. full information can be obtained from the Striding Arches website.

    Photo Credit – main image of Leaping Arch by David Baird.


  • Hilltop Memorials & Public Art

    Visit prominent memorials to the great men of Galloway’s past. On Vinney (more…)

  • Gordon Young, 7Stanes art

    Mountain bike trails and art in the environment? You bet! Across the region, at Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie, Ae, Glentress and Newcastleton forests, seven carved stones await you, created by (more…)

  • Crawick Multiverse

    Crawick Multiverse


    Crawick Multiverse is a spectacular artland, visitor attraction and events venue utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations.

    Globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks transformed the site which opened in summer 2015. It links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, creating a truly inspiring landmark that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and scientists to walkers and the wider community.

    The site is cared for by The Crawick Multiverse Trust, a charity registered in Scotland (SCO39940). By visiting this extraordinary artland, you are helping maintain the Multiverse for current and future generations to enjoy. Thank you for your support.

  • NTS Broughton House & Garden

    Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. (more…)

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