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COVID-19 and Solicitor Searches

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We are intending to keep our service going as much as we can in light of the current pandemic.  Our office is now closed with staff working from home, which means we can’t deal with letters arriving at the office by post. 

To help us to maintain our enquiry service, all search requests should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and all search reports will be sent back out by email too.

To ensure that we have all the information that we need to carry out your search request from home, please provide the information requested in our Catalogue of Rights of Way Search Form with each request.

Rather than paying by cheque, please make payment by bank transfer to prevent any extra interruption in our service to you.  Details to allow you to do this are shown on every invoice.

You can keep up-to-date with our status on our website.

If anyone has questions or comments, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks for your help!

Appeal For New Directors

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We are recruiting new Directors from our membership to play key roles in steering the strategic direction and the ongoing governance of the organisation whilst ensuring members' interests are fully considered in everything we do.

We seek nominations of, or applications from, members who have skills in practical access issues, in strategic management, in public relations and external communication and in law, government or human resource management. This sounds a long list, but if you have, or know of a member who has, any of these skills as well as a determination to uphold public access we'd love to hear from you.

We've made some exciting changes over the last couple of years ·to prepare ScotWays for the future. We need a Board with a range of skills and experience to continue to move us forward. We aim for diverse Board membership and geographical location is no barrier to playing a valuable role. 

We look forward to hearing from you. Please take. a look at our Board recruitment pack on our downloads page.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 April 2020. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic and ScotWays

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Before you head out for your daily exercise make sure you know and follow the advice on taking outdoor access just now.

I’m sure the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic hasn’t escaped your attention and you may be wondering how it is affecting ScotWays operations.

We’re following the Scottish Government Guidance and, as you know, this can change daily, so here is a rundown of what is happening:

 

Summary: Working from Home until Further Notice.

Office: Closed.

Office volunteers: not operating just now sorry.  We'll let you know when we are open and ready for you to come back in.

Outside volunteers: suspended whilst non-essential travel ban in place.

Walks programme: Suspended until 2021.

Last updated: 23 April 2020 at 14:14.

 

How our changes may affect you

Most of our work is by email or phone and it is proving possible to continue a near-normal level of service.  

Whilst our office is closed:

  • post will not be dealt with,
  • a telephone messaging system will operate, and
  • we are sending out webshop on a weekly basis only.

The best way to contact us just now is by email.

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

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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!

 

OUR WALKS PROGRAMME IS SUSPENDED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.  PLEASE WATCH FOR UPDATES

 

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.