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Latest news stories from ScotWays.

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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ScotWays will close for the festive season on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working 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 we're closed for our holiday, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there will probably be a sale offer if we have any remaining Christmas cards!

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 10 working days of receipt. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, any search request received after 5pm on Tuesday 8th December 2020 may not be completed until after we're back at our desks on 5th January 2020. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when or if we will be able to complete it. 

Office volunteers: As our office has been closed since lockdown in March, we haven't seen you for ages. We miss you all and hope it won't be too long into 2021 before we can meet again. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!

New Phones!

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Ever since the Pandemic forced us to leave the office, we have not been able to answer the phone in person.  As there is no sign of an imminent return to the office we have taken the decision to change from a traditional landline to an internet-powered phone system.  This will enable any of the staff to answer the office phone from anywhere in the world!

The change over starts on Thursday 26 November 2020 and until it is complete we will NOT be able to take any phone calls or access any messages that you may leave for us.

If you do call, the number may ring out and not be answered, you may get a number not known message, you may get sent to a voicemail service we cannot access

We will update this news item to let you know when we are operational again, but until then please use another method to contact us preferably This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*UPDATE Mon 30 November* You can now leave us messages that we can pick up.  Once we have completed training on the new system you should be able to speak to us directly again.  This should be within the next two weeks.

Pentland Hills Access and Camping Survey

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Looking through a rusty window to 3 peaks on the left, a bit of a reservoir in the centre and farmland to the right, under a heavy sky.

The Pentland Hills form not just a scenic background to Edinburgh, but they also play an important part in the history of ScotWays.

Following the onset of coronavirus, the Regional Park has experienced extremes in traffic disruption and anti-social behaviour such as littering and “dirty camping”. These issues all existed before, but they have been exacerbated by the covid-19 situation. The Park's inability to reopen toilets as quickly as we would like has led to toileting outdoors, with associated hazards.

Now the Regional Park are looking at what they can do to tackle these issues, and are considering things such as the creation of a Warden position for campers, extra toilet facilities, improved parking facilities, and a charging scheme for our four main car parks and they want to know what you think.

They have launched a consultation exercise and it is open until 4 December 2020.  This is your chance to let the park know your views on what they are proposing.  Don't miss it!

Cattle and public access rights

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There have been a number of incidents recently where walkers in the Pentland Hills have been injured by cattle. The public right of responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 allows access to fields where there is livestock, but some animals, particularly those with young, can react aggressively towards people. The Health & Safety Executive points out that the most common factors in incidents reported to them are cows with calves and walkers with dogs. Land managers should make every effort not to keep potentially aggressive animals in fields where members of the public regularly take access, and access takers should take heed of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

ScotWays AGM 2020

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This year our AGM was held virtually on Saturday 21 November 2020.  On this page, you will find information about the AGM along with any documentation you will need for the event.

Registration:

To attend the AGM had to register in advance.   Only people who have registered were able to attend.  Once your registration had been accepted you were sent an email with joining details.  It was needed to join us on the day.

AGM Links:

At our AGM there were some links posted that people wanted to have available after the event.  They were:

Our fundraising campaign: Raise £175 for our 175th

Our Law Guide author, Malcolm Combe wrote about "Wild" Camping.

Pentland Hill Regional Park proposed management changes consultation

The Next Small Grants Scheme Deadline

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The next deadline for our small grants scheme is 31st December.

The ScotWays small grants scheme aims 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.

For further details please visit our downloads page.