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ScotWays Walks Programme 2013

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The ScotWays Members' Walks programme 2013 kicked off on Wednesday 10th April in Cambusbarron. A great time was had by all - 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 nine walks includes a Scottish Hill Tracks route in Selkirkshire and a Heritage Paths walk near Newtonmore. Other gems in the programme include a walk along the River Tyne from Haddington to Dunbar and an outing with the Friends of the Pentlands along their planned Pentlands 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!

ScotWays at Easter

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The ScotWays office will close on Thursday 28th March 2013, and reopen on Tuesday 2nd April 2013.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are currently receiving a huge number of enquiries, and we are working hard to answer as many as possible before the Easter break. Unfortunately, we will not manage to respond to everyone, in which case we apologise for the delay in our response. If you are concerned not to have heard from us, please do feel free to drop us a line via post or email and we will be in touch once the office has re-opened

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We are currently just meeting our target of responding to all rights of way search requests within 5 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed over Easter, search requests received after 21st March may not be completed until after the holiday. If your search request is urgent, please contact us to discuss when we will be able to complete it.

Donald Bennet, 1928 - 2013

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ScotWays is very sad to report the death on 7th February of Dr Donald Bennet OBE.  Donald, a passionate lifelong mountaineer, was a Director of the Society from 1989, a dynamic and hugely industrious Chairman from 1992 to 2000, and Honorary President from 2000 to 2004.  His work for ScotWays included the celebrations to mark our 150th anniversary, the revision and re-publication of Scottish Hill Tracks, sustained representation on the Access Forum, and the fostering of close relations with the Countryside Commission for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  Even after a disabling stroke in 2001, Donald kept up his regular attendance at AGMs in his wheelchair.  Many members will also have benefited from Donald's assiduous efforts in writing and editing guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Trust - not least the very successful guides to the Munros and Corbetts. A fuller obituary and appreciation will appear in our Summer Newsletter.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Donald's wife Anne, who has cared for him most selflessly throughout his years of disability, and to their family.

Land Reform Review

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ScotWays Chairman, George Menzies, recently submitted our response to the Land Reform Review Group. The submission relates to Part 1 of the Act, and if you wish to read it, it is now available from the Downloads section of the ScotWays website.

Our response is also available, along with many others, on Andy Wightman's Land Matters website, here. It's well worth a visit.

Happy New Year! It's the January sale!

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Happy New Year to one and all!


You might like to start the year with a bargain. If that is so, why not take a look at our reduced Christmas cards, now down to £2.50 for a pack of ten? If you're quick, you'll be ready for next Christmas!

There are four designs currently available:

- Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe) and over to Beinn Alligin

- From Craigmore towards Ben Lomond 

- Paps of Jura from Kilmory

- View from Summit of Meall Ghaordaidh, Perthshire

Also, you may have missed that our Law Guide is currently available at half price - £5, down from £10.

Postage is a flatrate of £1.50 (UK) no matter how much you order from our webshop, so why not stock-up?


Many thanks for your continuing support.

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 21st December 2012, and re-open on Monday 7th January 2013.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working really 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 are currently meeting our target of responding to all rights of way search requests within 5 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, search requests received after 14th December may not be completed until after we re-open in the New Year. 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 the New Year.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at ScotWays