Published: 31st MAY 2021

Route 77 in Perth and Kinross transformed by community art

Local artists have transformed an underpass along National Cycle Network Route 77 between Perth and Almondbank with a series of stunning, nature-focussed artworks.

A fox's face is painted in detailed and vibrant colour on a tunnel in Almondbank

Paco Graff captured the incredible nature of the local area in his murals.

The artworks were supported by funding from Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland’s ArtRoots programme.

This community-driven project has transformed the walking, wheeling and cycling route with striking murals by artist Paco Graff and other local creatives.

Community partnership

The project is a partnership between:

  • Sustrans
  • Perth and Kinross cycle campaign group, ByCycle
  • and Perth and Kinross Council’s Safer Communities Team.

It highlights wildlife native to the well-loved green corridor.

By creating a more welcoming and attractive link along this popular National Cycle Network route, we hope to inspire even more people to walk, wheel and cycle for their journeys in the area.

A fun cartoon octopus is painted in vibrant colour on a tunnel in Almondbank

The art has added vibrancy to the local area, and aims to encourage more people to walk, wheel, and cycle.

A new focal point for the area

Cosmo Blake, Art and Diversity Coordinator at Sustrans Scotland said:

"We have been delighted to support this transformative, community-led project through the ArtRoots fund.

"ArtRoots supports communities in shaping and improving their local National Cycle Network routes.

"And we are inspired by the impact that Paco Graff and the other artists have made with this project along Route 77.

“These stunning new artworks have already become a focal point for the community, and I hope they encourage even more people to plan a walking, wheeling or cycling journey along the National Cycle Network in the area."

A tunnel with vibrant artwork of a bird

Our ArtRoots funding enables local community groups and artists to bring art to their local area.

'First class' outcome

Councillor Bob Brawn, Housing and Community Safety Convenor at Perth and Kinross Council added:

"This area has always been a problem area for us, and Community Safety staff have had to clear graffiti from it on many occasions. 

"The path is very well used by residents and unsightly graffiti does nothing to enhance the reputation of the town, is out of place in such a beautiful area and can make people feel unsafe.

"We were delighted to be involved in this initiative by Sustrans and the outcome is first class.

"Congratulations to everyone involved."

Vibrant artwork of a snake is painted on a tunnel at Almondbank

Keep reading to find out how you can bring Artroots to your local community.

Inspiring more people to walk, wheel and cycle

Craigie-Lee Paterson from ByCycle, who lead guided cycle rides around Perthshire, said:

"We are very pleased with the exciting new artwork on National Cycle Network Route 77, as it creates a point of interest for everyone walking, wheeling and cycling.

"It has created a reason for many to get on their bike to cycle down and have a look, which is great."

A large stag is painted in vibrant colour on a tunnel in Almondbank

You can find ArtRoots projects all across the UK on many of our National Cycle Network routes.

Sustrans Scotland’s ArtRoots Fund

Sustrans Scotland’s ArtRoots fund is backed by Transport Scotland and seeks to create artistic and visual improvements to the National Cycle Network.

By creating memorable routes which are pleasing to the eye, the fund aims to encourage more people to walk, wheel and cycle further and more often.


Find out more about funding and support available through the ArtRoots programme.

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