Founded in 1845, ScotWays (The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society) is the independent charity which upholds and promotes public access rights in Scotland. We are widely recognised as experts in the law and practice of access and advise on access problems, provide information and training, and maintain a vast database about routes in Scotland. You can see our recognisable green and white signs on routes across Scotland. 
We are home to the Heritage Paths Project a unique archive of Scotland’s old paths and roads. We record hundreds of old ways from Roman Roads to Pilgrim Paths. Find out more about them on the Heritage Paths Project.

Explore our website and find out more about public access to the outdoors in Scotland, how it developed, the Society’s history and what you can do to support us.  Of course, the best thing you can do is join us!



New Year, New Job?

Posted in News

This year marks the 175th Anniversary of ScotWays. We have special events planned and we’ll be highlighting both the history of ScotWays and the achievements of outdoor access in Scotland on our social media pages.

Internally, ScotWays is switching to a new IT system, changing our processes and consolidating our massive data archive. To work with us on these exciting developments, we are recruiting a third access officer.

ScotWays is a team of 6 staff, supported by many dedicated volunteers both in the office and across Scotland. You’ll be based in our Central Edinburgh office and, along with our two current access officers, will help with both the organisational changes and deal with the many enquiries that we get from the public and solicitors.

We need someone who is adaptable and able to support and embrace this period of change and celebration for us.

You can find out more by reading the job description and person specification.

NOTE We are now able to offer this job as either part-time 2 or 3 days a week or full-time 5 days a week.

Closing Date: 20 January 2020

Interviews: Week beginning 27 January 2020 

How To Apply

Please send your CV, accompanied by a covering letter, setting out:

  • How your skills and experience would enable you to meet the requirements of this post, as outlined in the person specification and job description, providing specific examples,
  • Why you want this job (in no more than 100 words),
  • Details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer - please state whether we may contact them prior to the interview,
  • Whether you are currently eligible for employment in the UK - please state what documentation you can provide to demonstrate this, e.g. British passport, European Economic Area identity card, full birth certificate/passport or travel document showing an authorisation to reside and work in the UK.

Please submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9am on the closing date of Monday 20 January 2020.

Applications received afterwards may not be considered.

If a job offer is made, the candidate will be required to fill in forms covering any relevant health issues and criminal convictions. Referees are not normally contacted prior to a job offer. Thus, any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references and no issues under health and criminal convictions.

Thank you for your interest in this post. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application is unlikely to have been successful on this occasion.