Working on the Heritage Paths Project and researching the many old routes around Scotland has helped us to understand and value Scotland’s historic paths. A less anticipated outcome of the project has been a reappraisal of ScotWays’ own involvement in historic paths and the sad realisation that many of our original signs, probably the oldest of their type in the world, have gone missing. This prompted us to give a rallying call for anyone who notices a cast iron ScotWays sign to let us know about them and their condition but it has also encouraged us to look into re-installing some of the original signs that we are in possession of.
With the invaluable help of Friends of the Pentlands we are now in a position to reinstall some of the original Victorian signs in the Pentland Hills region. Friends of the Pentlands refurbished four of our original signs and are now looking for suitable sites for them. If this proves successful and walkers appreciate the signs we may attempt to recover other signs and reinstall them as well.
Thank you to all of you who have already responded to our sign spotters appeal. We are still interested in reports of our old cast iron signs, so if you spot one when you are out and about, do let us know. Ideally we would like you to provide a grid ref, a note of the condition of both the sign itself and its pole and, if possible, a photograph. Please send you reports to us by email or post.