How to get to The Sun, Mercury, and Venus

The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all located on or in the grounds of Broxburn Academy. The Sun is situated on the front face of Broxburn Academy.

Exact Location:

307055E 672480N (N55:56:11 W3:29:22)

By bus to the Sun, Mercury and Venus:

From Edinburgh take the First Bus number 12 or 16 to Broxburn Town Centre. From there take the B1 Crossgates bus to Broxburn Academy or walk towards Uphall along West Main Street for 500yards from town centre, turn right onto Cardross Road up to Broxburn Academy which is on the right hand side.

From Glasgow take Scottish City bus number 900 from Buchanan street bus station to Newbridge roundabout on the Glasgow Road, Edinburgh and take number 12 to Broxburn town centre. From there take the B1 Crossgates bus to Broxburn Academy.

Cycling to the Sun, Mercury and Venus:

From Edinburgh follow the canal path out to Broxburn town and exit at Port Buchan Basin. From there travel towards Uphall on West Mains street (A899) for 400yards and turn right onto Cardross road and continue onto Broxburn Academy.From Glasgow access the Union canal via the Forth and Clyde canal and continue towards Broxburn. Follow the directions as above.

On foot to the Sun, Mercury and Venus:

From Broxburn town centre continue towards Uphall on West Mains street for 500 yards. Turn right onto Cardross Road towards Broxburn Academy which is on your right hand side.

By car to the Sun, Mercury and Venus:

From Edinburgh take the M8 and exit at junction 3. Take the A899 towards Broxburn. This takes you onto West Mains street. Carry on towards Broxburn till you come to a sign for Broxburn Academy which is on the left hand side up Cardross Road. Continue up Cardross road for 200 yards and Broxburn Academy is on your right hand side. Parking is by the roadside.

How to get to Earth and Mars

Earth and Mars are located in Broxburn Community Woodland, which is situated north of Broxburn.

Exact Location:

306980E 672675N (N55:56:17 W3:29:26)

Use Sun directions to get to Broxburn academy and follow further directions to get to the Earth and Mars sculptures.

By bus and on foot Earth and Mars:

When you get to Broxburn Academy continue on Cardross Road untill you come to T junction which is called Timmeryetts. Take a right here and continue on about 150 yards and turn left onto Whinrig. Continue on up this road which leads onto Craigseaton. Turn left here and continue for 150 yards. You will see a small lane turn up to the right which brings you to the back of the houses. 70 yards up this lane on the left hand side is the Earth sculpture.

To get to Mars take the footpath that intersects the Earth sculpture. This leads up towards a green play area. Veer left and find a footpath that goes through some undergrowth into Broxburn Community Woodland. Mars is located in the clearing to the right hand side.

We’ve also been informed that Mars can be spotted if you’re taking an outward flight from Edinburgh Airport.

Cycling to the Earth and Mars:

From Edinburgh follow the canal path out to Broxburn town and exit at Port Buchan Basin. From there travel towards Uphall on West Mains street (A899) for 400yards and turn right onto Cardross road and continue onto Broxburn Academy.From Glasgow access the Union canal via the Forth and Clyde canal and continue towards Broxburn. Follow the directions as above.

By car to the Earth and Mars:

From Edinburgh take the M8 and exit at junction 3. Take the A899 towards Broxburn. This takes you onto West Mains street. Carry on towards Broxburn till you come to a sign for Broxburn Academy which is on the left hand side up Cardross Road. Continue up Cardross road for 200 yards and Broxburn Academy is on your right hand side. Parking is by the roadside. Parking is limited nearer to the Earth and Mars sculpture, and they are only a short walk away.

How to get to Jupiter

Jupiter is located on the Union canal south of Broxburn.

Exact Location:

307807E 671810N (N55:55:50 W3:28:38)

Use Sun directions to get to Broxburn academy and follow further directions to get to the Jupiter sculpture.

By Train, Bus, and on Foot to Jupiter:

From Broxburn Academy go back to West mains street (A899) turn left and access the Union Canal at Port Buchan Basin. Continue East on the canal towards Edinburgh. 500 yards down the canal on the opposite side of the tow path is the Jupiter sculpture. It is located between Miss Margaretís bridge No. 25 and Broxburn Road Bridge.

Cycling to Jupiter:

If youíre coming through Broxburn follow the above directions. If youíre coming from Edinburgh continue along canal tow path to Broxburn Road Bridge and just before Miss Margaretís bridge No. 25 on the opposite of the tow path is the Jupiter sculpture. From Glasgow follow canal to Miss Margaretís bridge and sculpture is opposite side of canal tow path.

By Car to Jupiter:

From Broxburn Academy go back onto West Mains Street and head towards Broxburn. At second set of traffic lights take a right turn onto Blyth Road. Continue on this road for 200 yards through the housing scheme till you come to a sign that says Badger Brook. Take this turning and continue onto Badger Brook. Park your car by canal fence. There is a footbridge, Miss Margaretís bridge across the canal which you can access the tow path from. As you access the tow path head east ward towards Edinburgh. The sculpture is on the opposite side to the tow path about 50 yards along.

How to get to Thule

Thule is located in the Waterside Meadows housing development

Exact Location:

N55:55:47 W3:29:06

Use Sun directions to get to Broxburn academy and follow further directions to get to the Thule sculpture.

By Train, Bus, and on Foot to Thule:

From Broxburn Academy go back to West mains street (A899) turn left and access the Union Canal at Port Buchan Basin. Continue East on the canal towards Edinburgh. Cross Miss Margaretís bridge No. 25 and turn left. Continue through housing estate along Badger Brook and Badger Meadow, untill coming to Blyth Rd. Cross Blyth road and follow until it meets Badger Pk. Continue until you reach a grassy area between the houses, where the Thule sculpture is.

Cycling to Thule:

If youíre coming through Broxburn follow the above directions. If youíre coming from Edinburgh continue along canal tow path to Broxburn Road Bridge follow the walking instructions. From Glasgow follow canal to Miss Margaretís bridge and then follow above directions

By Car to Thule:

From Broxburn Academy go back onto West Mains Street and head towards Broxburn. At second set of traffic lights take a right turn onto Blyth Road. Continue on this road for 300 yards through the housing scheme till you come to a sign on the right saying Badger Park. Park, and continue to the grassy area between the houses where the Thule sculpture is.

How to get to Saturn

Saturn is located on the Union Canal on the underside of Drumshoreland Bridge No 23.

Exact Location:

308345E 671240N (N55:55:32 W3:28:06)

Use Sun directions to get to Broxburn academy and follow further directions to get to the Saturn sculpture.

By Train, Bus, and on Foot to Saturn:

From Broxburn Academy go back onto West mains street (A899) and access the Union Canal at Port Buchan Basin. Continue East on the canal towards Edinburgh passing under 4 foot and road bridges until you come to Drumshoreland bridge No. 23. The Saturn sculpture is placed on the underside of the bridge on the opposite side to the tow path. Unfortunately there are no bus routes to this location so the advisable walking route is along the Union canal as indicated.

Cycling to Saturn:

If you’re coming through Broxburn follow the above directions. If you’re coming from Edinburgh continue along canal tow path to Drumshoreland Bridge No. 23 on the Union canal. The Saturn sculpture is placed on the underside of the bridge on the opposite side to the tow path.

By Car to Saturn:

From Broxburn Academy go back onto West Mains Street A899 and head towards Broxburn. At second set of traffic lights take a right turn onto Blyth Road. Continue on Blyth Road until it takes you onto the A89. Turn left and continue to next set of traffic lights. Turn right at this junction signposted for Almondell Country park. 500 yards up this road on the left hand side is a farm site entrance just before the canal bridge. Pull in off this road and park in off the roadside. The Saturn sculpture is placed on the underside of the bridge on the opposite side to the tow path.

How to get to Uranus

The Uranus sculpture is located near the North car park at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, on the path to the visitor centre.

Exact Location:

309080E 669490N (N55:54:36 W3:27:22)

By Bus to Uranus:

From Edinburgh take the first bus No.28, 27 to Livingston. This service passes the south entrance to Almondell Country Park. Follow the signs at the entrance for the visitor centre for 1⁄2 mile. Pass the visitor centre and about 200 yards along that road Uranus is suspended overhead over the roadway.

On foot and cycling to Uranus:

Almondell is accessible a number of ways on foot. From Edinburgh walk along the Union canal towards Drumshoreland Bridge No. 23. Exit here; turn left on the public road and walk 1 1⁄2 miles along to Almondell Country park. Continue down towards the visitor centre and Uranus is suspended overhead along the roadway.

By car to Uranus:

Almondell Country park can be accessed at the north and south entrance gates. There are parking places at these entrances. From Edinburgh take the M8 and exit at junction 3. Take the A899 towards Broxburn. This takes you onto West Mains street. Carry on towards Broxburn. At second set of traffic lights take a right turn onto Blyth Road. Continue on Blyth Road until it takes you onto the A89. Turn left and continue to next set of traffic lights. Turn right at this junction signposted for Almondell Country park and continue up this road for 2 miles. Park as directed at Almondell Country park and walk towards the visitor centre. Uranus sculpture is suspended overhead. The path to the visitor centre is also the restricted access route to the disabled car park, located near the centre. Access by car to this route is just before the North car park.

How to get to the Kirkhill Pillar

The Kirkhill Pillar is located in front of the visitor centre at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park.

By Bus to the Kirkhill Pillar:

From Edinburgh take the first bus No.28, 27 to Livingston. This service passes the south entrance to Almondell Country Park. Follow the signs at the entrance for the visitor centre for 1⁄2 mile. The pillar is located just outside the centre.

On foot and cycling to the Kirkhill Pillar:

Almondell is accessible a number of ways on foot. From Edinburgh walk along the Union canal towards Drumshoreland Bridge No. 23. Exit here; turn left on the public road and walk 1 1⁄2 miles along to Almondell Country park. Continue down towards the visitor centre, the pillar is located just outside.

By car to to the Kirkhill Pillar:

Almondell Country park can be accessed at the north and south entrance gates. There are parking places at these entrances. From Edinburgh take the M8 and exit at junction 3. Take the A899 towards Broxburn. This takes you onto West Mains street. Carry on towards Broxburn. At second set of traffic lights take a right turn onto Blyth Road. Continue on Blyth Road until it takes you onto the A89. Turn left and continue to next set of traffic lights. Turn right at this junction signposted for Almondell Country park and continue up this road for 2 miles. Park as directed at Almondell Country park and walk towards the visitor centre. The pillar is located just outside the centre. The path to the visitor centre is also the restricted access route to the disabled car park, located near the centre. Access by car to this route is just before the North car park.

How to get to Pluto

 

Pluto is located on park buildings in Beecraigs Country Park. The buildings are next to the picnic/barbecue areas in Beecraigs, across the road from the Balvormie car park and adventure playground.

Exact Location:

299720E 674085N (N55:56:57 W3:36:27)

 

By train and bus to Pluto:

From Edinburgh and Glasgow take the train to Linlithgow. Walk down to the main street towards Linlithgow bus depot bus stop. Although there are no direct buses to Beecraigs Country Park there is a carlink service available 7 days a week. If you ring Topcars on (01506) 444444 and request carlink service to Beecraigs Country park. They will fill you in on the other details. Alternatively make your way to Linlithgow Bus Station who will help with the carlink service. For further advice call the West Lothian Travel Hotline: 01506 775288. The car will drop you off at Beecraigs Country park visitor centre. Make your way through the woodland walk towards the Balvormie car park and adventure playground. The Pluto sculpture is across the road on park buildings to the right of the picnic/barbeque area.

 

Cycling to Pluto:

From Edinburgh cycle along the Union Canal to Linlithgow and exit Union Canal at Preston road bridge No. 45. Turn left on this road and continue towards Beecraigs Country Park for 1 mile. Continue past main Beecraigs country park visitor centre signs for 50 yards and take the first left up to the Barbecue area on the right hand side. 10 yards up on the right is some out buildings. Pluto sculpture is located on the exterior wall of this building.

 

From Glasgow join the Union canal from the Forth and Clyde canal and continue on to Linlithgow and exit at Preston road bridge No. 45. Follow above directions to Beecraigs Country Park.

By Car to Pluto:

From Edinburgh take the M9 to Linlithgow and exit at junction 3. Continue into Linlithgow and follow signs for Beecraigs Country park. Beecraigs is 1 1⁄2 miles outside Linlithgow. Continue past main Beecraigs country park visitor centre road signs for 50 yards and take the first left up to the Barbecue area on the right hand side. 10 yards up on the right is some out buildings. Pluto sculpture is located on the exterior wall of this building.

How to get to Neptune

 

Neptune is placed on the outside of Kingscavil Church over the main entrance doorway. Kingscavil is situated 2 miles East of Linlithgow on the B9080.

Exact Location:

302930E 676480N (N55:58:17 W3:33:25)

By Train to Neptune:

From Edinburgh or Glasgow take the shuttle service from Edinburgh Waverley or Glasgow Queen Street and get off at Linlithgow train station. Take the First Bus No. 38 from Linlithgow Main Street towards Edinburgh for about 2 miles. Kingscavil Parish church is on your right hand side.

By Bus to Neptune:

From Edinburgh take the No. 38 towards Stirling. Kingscavil Parish church is located 1 mile after Bridgend on the left hand side. Unfortunately there is no direct bus route from Glasgow.

Cycling and on-foot to Neptune:

Neptune sculpture is located 1 mile from the Union canal which offers direct access from Edinburgh and Glasgow via the Forth and Clyde canal. Travel along the Union canal from Edinburgh until you come to Park Farm Bridge No. 41 Park. Exit the canal here and turn left towards the B9080. Turn left on the B9080 and 1⁄2 mile along on the right hand side is Kingscavil Parish church.

By car to Neptune:

From Edinburgh travel along the M9 and exit at junction 3. Take the A803 into Linlithgow. At the first roundabout take the first exit for the B9080. Continue out this road for 2 miles. Kingscavil Parish church is on the right hand side.