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!

Happy Birthday to us!

Celebrate with us and join the ScotWays 175th Anniversary Challenge

This year we are 175 years old, making us the oldest outdoor recreation body in the UK. We’ve got lots planned for our 175th Anniversary, including a bucketful of social media posts about ScotWays and the development of outdoor access in Scotland. Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic has lead to our entire programme being rejigged.  Our members' walks programme themed to our history has been cancelled, but our Anniversary Talk hosted by the National Library of Scotland has gone ahead virtually.

Despite the changes, you can still celebrate with us.  Become a member and join usVolunteer with us and help to survey rights of way and paths across Scotland.  Make a donation to support our work.  Learn about the history of ScotWays and significant events in the development of outdoor access in Scotland.  Buy one of our limited edition 175th Anniversary pin badges.  Watch 175 years of history in 21 minutes.

Most important of all, follow us on social media and share your favourite posts far and wide.




Posted in Downloads

The following content is available for download:

Public Access in Scotland - Know Your Rights (A3 print) [pdf]

Public Access in Scotland - Know Your Rights (Digital edition) [pdf] 

ScotWays 175th Anniversary Year Leaflet


Solicitor Enquiry Search Request [pdf]

ScotWays Small Grants Scheme Covering Letter [pdf]

ScotWays Small Grants Scheme Application Form [Word Document]

ScotWays Signage Report Form [pdf] and associated instruction guidelines [pdf]

ScotWays Signage Report Form [Word Document]

ScotWays Path Access/Report Form [pdf]

Direct Debit Form [pdf]

Ideas for Walks

Walks Round St Andrews - Leaflet prepared by St Andrews & NE Fife Ramblers with details of 10 walks around St Andrews. [pdf]

Cupar Walks - This leaflet describes 14 walks around Cupar and is designed to help you explore Fife's farming heritage. [pdf]

Glasgow Clyde Bridges Leaflet [pdf]

Lammermuirs Leaflet [pdf]


Scottish Outdoor Recreation Alliance Draft Manifesto 2021 [pdf]

Joint letter on NPF3 - Letter to Scottish Government re consultations on Scottish Planning Policy and the National Planning Framework (July 2013). [pdf]

Land Reform Review Group - ScotWays' submission - Land Reform Review Group - ScotWays' submission (Jan 2013). [pdf]

Other Information

Crichton Castle to Borthwick Castle - Notes on Right of Way


ScotWays Articles of Association (19th Nov 2016) [pdf]

ScotWays Report and Financial Statements (year ending June 2019) [pdf]

ScotWays Report and Financial Statements (year ending Jun 2018) [pdf]

ScotWays Report and Financial Statements (year ending Jun 2017) [pdf]

ScotWays Report and Financial Statements (year ending Jun 2016) [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2019 draft minutes [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2018 draft minutes [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2017 draft minutes [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2016 draft minutes [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2015 draft minutes [pdf]

ScotWays AGM 2014 draft minutes [pdf]

Director Recruitment

ScotWays Directors Role [pdf] 

ScotWays Directors Application Overview [pdf]