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Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Further Update

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Although the hearing for this case in Edinburgh Sheriff Court was set down to take a week, it appears to be taking much longer than anticipated. ScotWays understands that it has now been set down for another week from 8th to 12th January 2018 and there will be a further hearing after that, the date for which will be decided in January.

The ScotWays Signposting Survey

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ScotWays has been signposting rights of way since it started in 1845.  The biggest push was probably between 1995-2006 where over 2,000 signs were installed. 


Today signposting is being undertaken by many organisations, including local communities and landowners.  Access authorities alone have signposted 12,341 km of the core paths in Scotland (57%).


Given the increasing signposting work done by others should ScotWays still signpost paths?  If it does still signpost routes, which are the ones it should signpost?  Are the types of signpost used today still the correct ones to use?


The time has come for ScotWays to consider its part in the signposting process and we wanted to know what you thought.  Our survey has now closed, but check back after our AGM to see what people told us.


George MacQuarrie

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We are sad to note the passing of George MacQuarrie, on 27 June 2017. George was our previous National Secretary, retiring from ScotWays in 2014. There will be a tribute to George in our annual report later this year. His wife, Edith, and family are in our thoughts.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Further Update

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This matter has now progressed to the Sheriff Court and ScotWays has just heard that a hearing has been fixed for 6th to 13th November.

A further update will be provided once the outcome of the hearing is known. 

ScotWays at Easter 2017

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The ScotWays office will be closed on Friday 14th April 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are currently receiving a large 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 reminder 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 Thursday 7th April 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.

ScotWays Members Walks Programme 2017

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Exciting and varied walks programme announced for 2017

GUIDED walks are one of the great advantages enjoyed by ScotWays members, and this year’s exciting programme may be our best yet, with a superb range of routes for all abilities. For 2017 we have expanded our routes to feature more challenging walks, including a weekend in the Cairngorms. Members benefit from the experience of guides on all these routes, ensuring you get the best from every walk. Why not join ScotWays and come along?

We begin in the west of Scotland on Wednesday 5th April. with an ascent of Knock Hill near Largs, promising spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cumbraes and Bute, followed later in the month by an ascent of Tinto near Biggar. Tinto, a small but prominent hill in an isolated position, was historically used as a signal station. Its outstanding location gives superb views from Arran and Kintyre in the west to the Grampians further north.

The beautifully remote but easily accessible Lammermuir Hills will be visited in May, with a breathtaking circular walk starting at Whiteadder Reservoir. The vast rolling moorland here is riven with dramatic river courses and hidden valleys, and it is easy to see why this area was so popular with our prehistoric ancestors - the remains of their ancient stone buildings can still be seen dotted across the landscape.

Our most challenging routes this year, in the Cairngorms, take place over a weekend in June, with dramatic ascents and a ridge walk from Glenmore Lodge amongst some of Scotland’s most outstanding scenery. The second of these two days is easier, for those who prefer to enjoy their walk at a gentler pace.

ScotWays has stretched the term “weekend” for our July outing, which includes a Friday. The rich and varied landscapes around the Angus glens are our destination, and begin with a celebration. It is 130 years since The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society successfully challenged a landowner and proved the existence of a right of way in Glen Doll, and the “weekend” marks this occasion with a ten mile circular walk taking in Jock’s Road, as well as visit to Loch Brandy.

By way of contrast, our varied programme this year also includes a walk near the Fife coast. This circular route from Newburgh, in August, with an easy 200m ascent, offers vistas across the Tay and Earn valley.

We close our programme in September, with two walks, the first of these from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park at Balloch. This route follows the charming River Leven then turns uphill to head past Carman Reservoir to Overton and Bromley Muirs. Dog lovers are welcome to join the final walk on Saturday 23rd September, a circular route taking in Crieff and Comrie. This is the longest walk of the year, at 15 miles, and there is an option for participants to go half the distance if feet (or paws) get tired.

Many ScotWays members have already signed up for this attractive and varied programme - four walks are already fully booked and operating a waiting list. Please see the links to individual walks to find out more:

Knock Hill, near Largs - Weds 5th April

Tinto, near Biggar - Thurs 27th April

Lammermuir Hills Walk - Thurs 11th May

Cairngorms Walk 1 - Sat 17th June

Cairngorms Walk 2 - Sat 18th June

Angus Glen Walk 1 - Fri 14th July

Angus Glen Walk 2 - Sat 15th July

Newburgh, Fife - Sat 19th August

Stravaig over Overton Muir - Sat 16th September

Crieff Walk - Sat 23rd September

Members already booked who need to drop out nearer the time are kindly asked to let the ScotWays office know as soon as possible, so we can free up places for others. Those wishing to join a waiting list are encouraged get in touch, in the event places become available.

With such an exciting programme ahead for 2017, we look forward to hearing from you.