A sculpture of a highland drover's cow has been set on National Cycle Network Route 7 in Strathyre by the Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) group to celebrate Scotland's Year of History Heritage and Archaeology on the award winning BLiSS trail.
Funded by Sustrans Scotland, the artwork is the first completed project to receive a grant from the ArtRoots fund.
Drovers Bho by Kev Paxton of ArtFe blacksmiths is the latest addition to the regional Scottish Thistle Award winning BLiSS trail that links Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans villages with eye catching art installations.
“ Art is an essential part of enjoyment of public spaces and placemaking, encouraging more to travel actively. ”
Sustrans National Director, Scotland John Lauder said:
“Art is an essential part of enjoyment of public spaces and placemaking, encouraging more to travel actively.
"Our new ArtRoots programme enables communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network across Scotland.
Drover’s Bho is the first completed project from the fund and we think it is a fantastic addition to route 7.”
Chair of LETi Kim Proven said:
"Bho means cow in gaelic, the language used in Strathyre at the time of the drovers, who would often drive cattle up to 20km per day.
"This was before the mid nineteenth century revolution in agriculture replaced open common grazing with enclosed fields.
"We placed our wee Bho on Sustrans cycle RT7 exit near the Balvaig Bridge.
"This marks an area between the old drove road and old Strathyre, where drovers used to rest up and enjoy local ale and whisky."
The BLiSS trail links up to 25 sculptures, architectural installations and fun ornamental features in four villages.