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Calls for Strategic Management Plan for Holyrood Park

Calls for Strategic Management Plan for Holyrood Park

In 2018 Historic Environment Scotland closed the Radical Road that runs around the base of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on safety grounds following a 50-tonne rockfall. The road is a popular route that was surfaced by ‘radical’ weavers from the west of...

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Ben Alder Level Crossing, Dalwhinnie.

Ben Alder Level Crossing, Dalwhinnie.

Network Rail unilaterally closed this important level crossing in July 2021, negatively impacting local residents and visitors alike. As a result, Dalwhinnie community council, the local estate, other local groups and businesses, and national outdoor recreation...

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Core Path Plan Court Case at Gartmore

Core Path Plan Court Case at Gartmore

During the review of their core paths plan, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park proposed a change to the core paths at Gartmore. The landowners Gartmore House were unhappy with what was going on and instigated a judicial review of the process. Gartmore House v...

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Review of Capercaillie Conservation and Management

Review of Capercaillie Conservation and Management

In April the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project at the Cairngorms National Park Authority invited views on taking forward the advice in the February NatureScot Review of Capercaillie Conservation and Management - Report to the Scientific Advisory Committee. ScotWays...

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Not Many Scottish Hill Tracks Left …

Not Many Scottish Hill Tracks Left …

… to update that is! There are only a few routes still needing to be surveyed as part of our updating of Scottish Hill Tracks. First published in 1947 the book contains 344 routes through hilly or remote terrain that vary from short day walks to long ones, with a few...

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Public access overlooked?

Public access overlooked?

We have just contributed to the recent consultation on the draft National Planning Framework 4. The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a long-term plan for Scotland last updated in 2014 that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed. Statutory...

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Countryside Ranger Funding No More than “Sticking Plaster”

Countryside Ranger Funding No More than “Sticking Plaster”

We gave qualified support to today’s announcement that Scottish Government Ministers have allocated up to £1.5 million for a third instalment of the Better Places Fund for seasonal posts to help manage recent vastly increased pressure on Scotland’s countryside. Along...

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Help update Scottish Hill Tracks

Help update Scottish Hill Tracks

ScotWays are looking for volunteers to help us by going for a walk (or run, bike or horse ride) along one of the routes featured in Scottish Hill Tracks. This is a guidebook with a difference – it covers Mainland Scotland (and Arran, Mull and Skye) in a network of 344...

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Welcome to the New ScotWays Website

Welcome to the New ScotWays Website

With a Digital Boost Grant from the Scottish Government, we have been busy updating our website and the third version of our website is ready for you to explore. We’ve taken the opportunity to completely redesign how the site holds information and how it all links...

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Historic Footpaths Project

Historic Footpaths Project

We are working with the National Library of Scotland on a collaborative historic footpath mapping project in 2022. The point locations of over 12,000 “F.P.” footpath abbreviations have already been identified on the OS 6-inch to the mile maps from around 1900 covering...

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Redecking the Eidart Bridge

Redecking the Eidart Bridge

It should have happened in March 2020, but, like so many other activities, replacing the deck of the Eidart Bridge succumbed to Coronavirus. Thus, on 20 August 6 volunteers led by David Dixon gathered at Glenfeshie Lodge to load wood, tools and lunch into the back of...

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