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Changes at ScotWays

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The Directors of ScotWays are delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Riddell as National Secretary. 

Many of you may know Alison as our Treasurer, where she has performed an excellent job.  Moreover, Alison is a qualified solicitor.  In short, she makes for a very well qualified National Secretary and her appointment also provides excellent continuity.  Alison has played a key role in helping ScotWays progress to financial stability and this experience will be vital in taking the organisation forward.   

Alison started her new duties in November 2014.

George MacQuarrie retired as Secretary after a diagnosis of terminal cancer and the Directors thank him for his work with ScotWays.  We wish him and his family well for whatever the future holds.


George Menzies


George MacQuarrie, National Secretary

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ScotWays is very sad to announce that George MacQuarrie, our National Secretary, is retiring on health grounds.


George himself says “I have enjoyed working with ScotWays, whether it be with directors, office colleagues or volunteers.  All have been essential to me.  I have always said that ScotWays could not exist without its volunteers.  The truth is that even though the inter-action between National Secretary and volunteers is not always obvious, I depended on you and I never forgot it.  Thank you.”



All of us at ScotWays thank George for his hard work on our behalf and heartfeltedly wish him all the very best.


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.


"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.