Latest news stories from ScotWays.

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 21st December 2018 and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019.

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, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Friday 7th December 2018 may not be completed until after we re-open on 7th January 2019. 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 2019.

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

ScotWays Members Walks Programme 2019 announced!

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GUIDED walks are one of the great advantages enjoyed by ScotWays members, and next year’s exciting programme has a superb range of routes for all abilities.

Members benefit from the experience of guides on all these routes, ensuring you get the best from every walk. Why not join ScotWays and come along?


The 2019 programme offers walks in Fife, heritage walks around Milngavie and around Muckhart, a chance to see the replacement Sawmill Bridge on the Airlie Estate, a visit to Blair Atholl and the Falls of Bruar, a city walk in Edinburgh and much more!


ScotWays members are already signing up for this attractive and varied programme -  however, there are still walks available.


Thursday 11th April – Linear walk along the Fife Pilgrim Way  - this walk has been CANCELLED.


Saturday 27th April - A circular heritage walk around Milngavie


Friday 24th May – A circular walk – Glen Quoich and Glen Lui


Saturday 25th May - A circular walk through Ballochbuie Woods


Tuesday 4th June – A circular walk – Sawmill Bridge, Cortachy by Kirriemuir


Saturday 20th July - Linear walk - Mindful Walk from Elie to St. Monans


Saturday 24th August – A circular walk exploring Clackmannanshire


Sunday 8th September – A circular walk in Blair Atholl


Saturday 26th October – Dean Valley and Water of Leith linear walk – Edinburgh


Members already booked who need to drop out nearer the time are kindly asked to let the ScotWays office know as soon as possible, so we can free up places for others. Those wishing to join a waiting list are encouraged to get in touch, in the event places become available.



With such an exciting programme for 2019, we look forward to hearing from you.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik – appeal

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Further to our news item on 2 November 2018, we have now heard that a procedural hearing has been fixed for 21 January 2019.

ScotWays - Small Grant Scheme December Deadline

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The ScotWays small grants scheme aims to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.

The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.

Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

The next submission date for applications is 31st December 2018, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by the end of February 2019.

For further details please visit our downloads page where you’ll find an explanatory letter and the application form.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik – case appealed

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We reported on 10 September that the Sherrif Court had ruled in favour of the access dispute at Cairnbank Road, Penicuik, but that there was a chance that the owners may appeal that decision.

We have just heard that on 22 October the landowners did lodge an appeal with the Sheriff Appeal Court against the Sheriff’s judgement of 6 September and that Midlothian Council intends to defend it. Until the appeal process has been finalised, the Council is unable to take steps to have the obstruction removed.


New Law Guide Launched

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Our last guide to the law of access in Scotland was published in 2006 taking into account the coming into operation of the 'new' Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.


Fifteen years later and our guide has been fully revised by Malcolm Combe, a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen.   The new style 188-page guide, The ScotWays Guide to the Law of Access to Land in Scotland, still covers all the historic rights of way law but comes right up to date incorporating all the recent legal cases and their implications.


The book will be of particular value to access professionals and advisers but is also suitable for general readers who are broadly interested in the subject or are seeking an answer to a specific point.


You can order your own copy for £20 plus post and packaging from our webshop