COMMUNITY groups in Helensburgh and Lomond are being given the opportunity to apply for funding towards improving their local National Cycle Network routes (NCN).

The fund aims to create attractive and memorable routes to encourage people to explore the areas on foot and bike.

Regional Route 40 on the NCN in Scotland runs along the west side of Loch Lomond, between Balloch and Tarbet, while regional route 42 covers the A814 between central Helensburgh and Faslane.

Groups can apply for up to £2,000 in funding towards artistic and visual improvements from the ArtRoots fund, which is funded by Transport Scotland and run by Sustrans Scotland.

Projects to receive funding previously include recycled seating, chainsaw-carved sculptures and a highland cow on a hillock.

Sustrans Scotland National director, John Lauder said: “Since the National Cycle Network was founded in 1995, we have worked with numerous artists and sculptors to add artworks and visual improvements to enhance the routes.

“Artworks send out a message that cyclists and walkers are valued and we are delighted to welcome applications for the second round of ArtRoots funding.”

Interested community groups are asked to fill in an online expression of interest form before the closing date of Monday, January 29 at 5pm.

For more information or to apply visit