Relatively few paths are shown on maps in Scotland compared with England and Wales – where there is an extensive mapped network of footpaths, bridleways and other paths.
In fact, even some popular, well-maintained and promoted paths don’t feature on Ordnance Survey maps. For example at Dunning Glen in Perthshire, the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Maspie Den in Fife and even The Three Lochs Way, which is one of Scotland's Great Trails.
We believe that showing more paths on Scotland’s printed and digital maps would have wide-ranging benefits for the health and happiness of our nation.
It would help communities promote their local routes, reassure less confident walkers and make it easier for everyone to find new paths to explore and enjoy.
In autumn 2019, we launched our new Mapping Scotland's Paths project to address this issue. Read more here.
During the first 12 months of the Out There campaign, we welcomed:
We’re now looking forward to building on these developments – to get more paths on Scotland’s maps in future.