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Founded in 1845, ScotWays (The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society) is the independent charity which upholds and promotes public access rights in Scotland. We are widely recognised as experts in the law and practice of access and advise on access problems, provide information and training, and maintain a vast database about routes in Scotland. You can see our recognisable green and white signs on routes across Scotland. 
 
We are home to the Heritage Paths Project a unique archive of Scotland’s old paths and roads. We record hundreds of old ways from Roman Roads to Pilgrim Paths. Find out more about them on the Heritage Paths Project.

Explore our website and find out more about public access to the outdoors in Scotland, how it developed, the Society’s history and what you can do to support us.  Of course, the best thing you can do is join us!

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Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 20th December 2019 and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before Christmas, but unfortunately as we are very busy at present some of you may have to wait until the New Year to receive a response.

ScotWays webshop: Once the office is closed, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there’ll probably then be a sale offer on our remaining Christmas cards!

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 10 working days of receiving them in our office. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Friday 6th December 2019 may not be completed until after we re-open on 6th January 2020. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when we will be able to complete it. 

Office volunteers: The office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year, so please take a well-earned break! Very many thanks for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you in 2020 our 175th Anniversary Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!