Designating Palacerigg Visitor Centre

Closes 28 Jun 2022

Opened 7 Jun 2022


We are proposing to list the Palacerigg Visitor Centre at the Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld, which contains a mural in the foyer by Alasdair Gray (1934⁠–⁠2019). Alasdair Gray painted the mural in 1974 having been commissioned by naturalist and Director of the Country Park, David Stephen. The theme of the mural is natural and human ecology, and it shows Scottish wildlife in an idealised countryside scene. Gray lived on site at Palacerigg Country Park while painting the mural and included sketches of the surrounding wildlife in the work.

A mural depicting a countryside scene filled with wildlife including a deer


Glasgow-born artist and writer Alasdair Gray is a cultural figure of national importance. Best known for his 1981 novel Lanark, he studied design and mural painting at Glasgow School of Art and was commissioned to paint murals in and around Glasgow from the 1950s until the 2010s. The mural at Palacerigg Visitor Centre is amongst the earlier surviving examples of his visual art.

We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this building in recognition of the special architectural and historic interest of the mural. Find out more about listed buildings.

Members of the public are encouraged to send in their views and comments. Email your comments about this case or contact us via the Heritage Portal

Find out what comments we consider and what happens next in our guide and the video below.