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175th Anniversary

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175th Anniversary

ScotWays is the UK's oldest outdoor recreation organisation. In 2020 we celebrate 175 years of Upholding Public Access. During the year there will be walks, talks and other activities to mark our anniversary. We’ll also be publishing stories of our history and the development of outdoor access in Scotland across those 175 years – a fascinating timeline of Scottish outdoor access and ScotWays through decades. 

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ScotWays Members Walks Programme 2020

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 Our walks programme for 2020 is announced!




GUIDED walks are one of the great advantages enjoyed by ScotWays members, and this 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 2020 programme offers walks in Fife, on the Pentlands and Lammermuirs, a chance to see the replacement Sawmill Bridge on the Airlie Estate, the Thieves Road starting in Coylumbridge and much more! 

Please see the links to individual walks to find out more:


Saturday 14th March – Thieves Road – Coylumbridge to Feshiebridge  


Saturday 18th April – Stoneymollan Road - CANCELLED


Thursday 7th May – Access in Midlothian - CANCELLED


Wednesday 20th May – Cauldstane Slap, Pentlands - CANCELLED


Saturday 6th June – Sawmill Bridge, Cortachy by Kirriemuir - CANCELLED


Saturday 20th June – A circular walk from Newburgh in Fife - CANCELLED


Wednesday 8th July – Lammermuirs - SUBJECT TO REVIEW


Thursday 6th August – Linear walk along the Fife Pilgrim Way


Friday 4th September – Woodend to Blair Atholl


Saturday 5th September – The Bealach walk from Pitlochry


Thursday 8th October – The Carron Valley and the Burnfoot Bridge


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 get in touch, in the event places become available.


With such an exciting programme for 2020, we look forward to hearing from you.


ScotWays - Small Grants Scheme 31 May 2020 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 May 2020, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by mid to end of July 2020

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

175th Anniversary Members’ Walks

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For our 175th anniversary, our members-only walks’ programme is focusing on the work that ScotWays does.  We’ve considered access issues, bridges, Heritage Paths, Scottish Hill Tracks, signposting, and projects we have been involved in and helped to fund.

New Year, New Job?

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This year marks the 175th Anniversary of ScotWays. We have special events planned and we’ll be highlighting both the history of ScotWays and the achievements of outdoor access in Scotland on our social media pages.

Internally, ScotWays is switching to a new IT system, changing our processes and consolidating our massive data archive. To work with us on these exciting developments, we are recruiting a third access officer.

ScotWays is a team of 6 staff, supported by many dedicated volunteers both in the office and across Scotland. You’ll be based in our Central Edinburgh office and, along with our two current access officers, will help with both the organisational changes and deal with the many enquiries that we get from the public and solicitors.

We need someone who is adaptable and able to support and embrace this period of change and celebration for us.

You can find out more by reading the job description and person specification.

NOTE We are now able to offer this job as either part-time 2 or 3 days a week or full-time 5 days a week.

Applications for this post are now closed.

Interviews: Week beginning 27 January 2020 

How To Apply

Please send your CV, accompanied by a covering letter, setting out:

  • How your skills and experience would enable you to meet the requirements of this post, as outlined in the person specification and job description, providing specific examples,
  • Why you want this job (in no more than 100 words),
  • Details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer - please state whether we may contact them prior to the interview,
  • Whether you are currently eligible for employment in the UK - please state what documentation you can provide to demonstrate this, e.g. British passport, European Economic Area identity card, full birth certificate/passport or travel document showing an authorisation to reside and work in the UK.

Please submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9am on the closing date of Monday 20 January 2020.

Applications received afterwards may not be considered.

If a job offer is made, the candidate will be required to fill in forms covering any relevant health issues and criminal convictions. Referees are not normally contacted prior to a job offer. Thus, any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references and no issues under health and criminal convictions.

Thank you for your interest in this post. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application is unlikely to have been successful on this occasion.


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It’s the start of a new year, a new decade and it marks our 175th year of Upholding Public Access across Scotland!

We’ve got lots planned for our 175th Anniversary including a members walks programme themed to our history, a talk at the National Museum of Scotland and a bucket full of social media posts about ScotWays and the development of outdoors access in Scotland. 

Why not celebrate with us?  Become a member and join us on one of our walks. Volunteer with us and help to survey rights of way and paths across Scotland.  Make a donation to support our work.  Learn about the history of ScotWays and significant events in the development of outdoor access in Scotland.  Buy one of our limited edition 175th Anniversary pin badges.

Most important of all, follow us on social media and share your favourites posts of ours far and wide.