Walking and cycling between Nordic Watercolour Museum and Pilane Sculpture Park
On the island of Tjörn we love art and nature, which is why we have mixed them both together for this wonderful trail. Cycle, run, or walk along a winding route from the galleries at The Nordic Watercolour Museum to the natural setting for Sculpture in Pilane.
Length: 12 km
Time: ca. 50 mins - 2 hours
Terrain: Asphalt and gravel roads, trails, boardwalks
From The Nordic Watercolour Museum and the quayside in Skärhamn, follow the signs past fishing boats and boathouses through the coastal community’s charming neighbourhood. As the buildings fall away one of Sweden’s most beautiful landscapes opens up. The route continues along winding trails between windswept pine trees and coastal meadows. Keep going through groves of ancient oak and rocky outcrops and there, between the cliffs, stone age graves and free grazing sheep, lies Sculpture in Pilane.
You will find rental bikes at Tjörn’s Tourist Information as well as a choice of accommodation on the island and South Bohuslän.
Photographer: Roger Borgelid
Fact about the trail
12 km easy going
Cycling ca 50 minutes
Walking ca 2 hours
The stretch between The Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn and Sculpture in Pilane is marked with signs along the route. These are blue and white and include the text: Tjörn Island of Art.
Level of difficulty:
Easy walking or running.
Easy to medium difficulty by bike. A short section at the end of the trail near Säby kile includes boardwalks, hills and a little rough terrain.
Start and end:
The route starts and finishes at The Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn and at Sculpture in Pilane.
How to get here:
Nordic Watercolour Museum
BUS – Disembark at Kommunhuset on Tjörn. Follow the signs for Södra Hamnen/Akvarellmuseet. About 10-15 minutes walk. A direct bus departs from Gothenburg a few times every day. For up-to-date departures and a full travel planner go to: www.vasttrafik.se/en/.
CAR – From Gothenburg follow the brown and white signs from the E6. From Stenungsund drive over the Tjörn bridge and approximately 1km further on, turn left onto route 169. Then follow the brown and white signs for Nordiska Akvarellmuseet all the way to the door.
From Uddevalla, follow the brown and white signs from the E6. From Stenungsund drive over the Tjörn bridge and approximately 1km further on, turn left onto route 169. Then follow the brown and white signs for Nordiska Akvarellmuseet all the way to the door.
PARKING – The museum has 25 parking spaces and 2 for visitors with mobility difficulties. Parking is free but limited to four hours. More parking can be found about 5-10 minutes walk away.
From Gothenburg head north on the E6. Turn off for Stenungsund and head for Tjörn. About 1km after the Tjörn bridge turn left at the traffic lights onto route 169 towards Skärhamn. In the middle of Wallhamn turn right towards Kållekärr and Kyrkesund. After Kållekärr follow the brown and white signs for ”Pilane gravfält”. If you are travelling by bus then the nearest bus stop is Basteröd.
Download a brochure about the area.
Södra Bohuslän Turism
Phone: +46 (0) 303-83327
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