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On the Trail: Kintyre

12 November 2015 at 16:05


Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, has a new installation at Saddell Bay, Kintyre. The project called LAND, is essentially one of his fairly ubiquitous figures looking, perhaps wistfully, out to sea over Kilbrannan Sound, at Saddell Bay, near to Seafood Trail member Dunvalanree Restaurant with Rooms.

The striking figure is part of the LAND project - an art installation to mark the 50th year of the The Landmark Trust's work. As Dr Anna Keay, Director of The Landmark Trust said "The Landmark Trust exists to save endangered important buildings and to enable people to inhabit them. For our 50th anniversary we wanted to celebrate this relationship between people, places and time in a new way. No contemporary artist has been more eloquent and imaginative in considering such questions than Antony Gormley and it is thanks to his support and enthusiasm for Landmark, together with some very generous dedicated donations, that this project has come into being."

Alan from Dunvalanree said "Hopefully it will bring a few folk to Kintyre to see the figure - wonder if it has a name? 'Ours' is the only one in Scotland so 'Somerled' perhaps? It was he who founded Saddell Abbey in the twelfth century. It was great to get up close to one of his figures. Do people 'collect' Gormley statues like counting Scottish islands or thimbles?"

With stunning views across the water to the isle of Arran, the installation is well worth a visit as part of your culinary journey on The Seafood Trail. Make a date now as the installation is only in Kintyre until May 2016.