Latest news stories from ScotWays.

May Day Holiday

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The ScotWays office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 7 May 2018.

ScotWays - Small Grant Scheme

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ScotWays has created a small grants scheme 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, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by the end of July.

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

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum - Walks available

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Following on from Nick Cooke's talk at the AGM on the development of Scottish Pilgrim routes by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), a number of monthly guided walks are taking place this year on some of the routes, which Scotways members would be welcome to participate in.

The dates are shown in the Events calendar and details on registering for the walks which are free can be found on the SPRF website;

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Latest Update

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Cairnbank Road, Penicuik – further update         

Since our last update in November, the hearing of evidence in this case was completed on 29 January. Parties are to present their legal submissions between 18 and 21 June after which the Sheriff will issue a written judgement. We have no indication of when this will be available.

For further details, please see Midlothian Council’s website:

Suspension bridge removed - River Carnach

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The Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service reports that the suspension footbridge (NM866965) over the River Carnach has been closed as it is no longer safe - it is to be removed. There is a stated intention to replace the bridge, but no timescale has yet been given. Please note this is a dangerous river crossing and will usually be impassable without the bridge.

This loss of this bridge affects the Inverie to Glen Dessary Path - a right of way described in our book Scottish Hill Tracks and also promoted by our Heritage Paths project for its historic interest.