Ramblers praise Speyside Way access result

We welcome the reopening of locked gates that were installed last month at Kinrara in the Cairngorms National Park.

The park authority announced that public access has been restored in a press release on Thursday 3 August – meaning walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and others can once again access the estate and join the Speyside Way which runs through it.

People trying to join or leave the iconic long distance route at Kinrara had been faced with long detours, with the closest alternatives at Aviemore, Dalraddy Holiday Park and Kincraig.

Our director Brendan Paddy said: “This is an excellent result that makes it much easier for people to once again access the beautiful woods at Kinrara, and the Speyside Way that runs through the estate.

“We strongly support the work of Cairngorms National Park Authority alongside the landowner to deliver such a quick resolution, avoiding what had the potential to be a costly and lengthy dispute.”

“The locked gates had sparked an immediate response from residents, tourists and outdoors enthusiasts – highlighting just how much people value our world-class access rights here in Scotland.”

He added: “We would urge any landowners with concerns about access to work with recreational bodies and access authorities to find practical solutions, to ensure everyone can continue to responsibly enjoy our wonderful countryside.”

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