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The Mounth Passes: A Heritage Guide to the Old Ways Through the Grampian Mountains

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The Mounth Passes: A Heritage Guide to the Old Ways Through the Grampian Mountains

The Heritage Paths project is very pleased to say that Neil Ramsay (our former Project Officer) and Nate Pedersen (one of our earliest volunteers) have teamed up to write an ebook - The Mounth Passes - with photography by long-standing ScotWays member Graham Marr.

Twelve roads are profiled, from the Causey Mounth on the eastern coast to the Monega Pass deep in the heart of Scotland. Each route is considered from an historical perspective, followed by a guide to walking the road (or what remains of the road) today. Each chapter is illustrated with several photographs documenting the paths as they have survived into the 21st century.

If you too are interested in the heritage of these old ways through the Grampian Mountains, we highly recommend it.


Reviews:

"I found the historical details particularly fascinating and I think the authors do a great job of analysing the changing nature of the Scottish landscape and how forces both human and natural can shape these passes...This is an authoritative compact guide and the authors clearly have a great deal of expertise in the subject. Recommended for those with an interest in the history of Scotland." - Alex Roddie, author of "The Atholl Expedition"

"It will prove very useful for planning a walk and its portable format will allow it to be easily consulted when walking a route." - Gerald Cummins, in Rambles on Old Roads newsletter


ScotWays Walks Programme 2014

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The ScotWays Members' Walks programme 2014 kicks off on Saturday 12th April on the Berwickshire Coastal Path. We're really looking forward to it - have you signed up for a walk yet this year? 

One of the perks of ScotWays membership is the Members' Walks programme. This year's selection of ten walks includes a Scottish Hill Tracks circuit in the Lomond Hills and a Heritage Paths walk near Lamington. Other gems in the programme include a walk up Glen Girnock in the Cairngorms National Park and the Loch Lomond "boat walk" which partly follows the West Highland Way.

Places on these walks are available to ScotWays members only.  If you are not a ScotWays member, but are interested in our walks, then why not join us?

Numbers are strictly limited on all our walks, so book early to avoid disappointment! 

Job Opportunity - Access Enquiries Assistant

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Access Enquiries Assistant

ScotWays seeks an Access Enquiries Assistant to help with requests from the public, rights of way searches and a range of duties to maintain a busy office.

The post is part-time, based on 2 days per week, for which the salary is £7,000 (pro rata from £17,500).

For further details and an application form, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forms to be submitted by email attachment by 3.00pm on Friday 20th December 2013.

ScotWays AGM 2013

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The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays)
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 23rd November 2013

Our AGM will be held at the Dewars Centre, Perth, PH2 0TH. The Centre is a short walk from Perth Train Station and there is plenty of parking.

Lunch will be available at 12.30, for those who have booked.

The AGM will start at 2pm. The formal business will be followed by a presentation on Paths For All Abilities from Mark Palmer, Access Officer, North Lanarkshire Council.

ScotWays members will receive an AGM notice and booking form, along with an Annual Report, in the post. A link to the draft minutes from last year's AGM is below - paper copies will be available at the AGM and are also available on request from the office.

If you would like to attend our AGM, please contact the office for full details and a booking form.





ScotWays Christmas cards!

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New ScotWays Christmas Cards for 2013!

We have four brand new designs this year; Arkle reflected in Loch Stack by Nicola Howarth, Summit of West Cairn Hill, Pentlands by Debbie Ramage, Jock's Road by Iain Dow and Ben Nevis, north-east buttress by Alan MacQuarrie. All four designs are sure to prove popular, so order soon to avoid disappointment.

The packs of Christmas cards contain 10 cards (approx 15cm x 10cm) of a single design, plus envelopes. They are available to buy from our online shop, here. Alternatively, you can send a cheque, made payable to ScotWays, to our office at 24 Annandale Street, Edinburgh. Please remember to add a flat rate of £1.50 per order to help cover postage and packing.  If you want to avoid the postage and packing charge, why not pop into our office on Annandale Street? Do give us a ring to let us know you are coming though, so we can make sure there is someone here to let you in!

Remember, 100% of profits from the sale of our cards go directly to ScotWays funds, so why not take a look at our packs of note cards too? They make great stocking fillers. Incidentally, another previously popular Christmas card Corrour Station from Loch Ossian by Jim Crosthwaite, has been reprinted as a note card.

Organisations unite to call for enhanced wild land protection

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ScotWays is one eight organisations concerned with conservation, wild lands and access to the countryside which jointly issued an open letter in early July calling for greater protection for Scotland’s landscapes. The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, John Muir Trust, Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the Munro Society, National Trust for Scotland, Ramblers Scotland, the Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society (ScotWays)  and the Scottish Wild Land Group - between them representing over 350,000 members - welcomed moves by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage to safeguard Scotland’s landscapes, but said that the existing proposals do not go far enough:

 

“We support the increased protection proposed for National Parks and National Scenic Areas, although this merely formalises the present de facto position. Such protection should apply also where development is proposed beyond their boundaries that would impact on the very qualities they were established to safeguard.”

 

In the letter, the organisations question whether or not the wording of the draft Scottish Planning Policy and National Planning Framework is tight enough:

 

“The current draft states that (in National Nature Reserves and other important areas) wind power developments will be acceptable ‘where it can be demonstrated that any significant effects on the qualities for which the area is identified can be substantially improved by siting, design or mitigation’. This will allow inappropriate developments to be approved because of lack of clarity in using subjective words such as ‘significant’ and ‘substantially’ when set against the primacy afforded in government policy to economic and energy development.”

 

The organisations also raise concern that local democratic processes may be undermined by national-level decision-making:

 

“If local authorities and their electorates think particular local landscapes are important then this should not be over-ridden nationally.”

 

 

The full letter will shortly be available from the Downloads page of this website, see tab above.