The project was paused between April and the end of June as the project manager was furloughed.
This length of the project will be extended to cover this time.
As of 1 July, work on the project has restarted with a focus on expanding Mapping Scotland’s Paths further across the country and identifying technical solutions to help us achieve our objectives.
We will regularly update this page as the project progresses. If you work for a partner organisation and would like more regular updates, please let us know and we will added to you to our distribution list for regular email updates. We'll keep Ramblers Scotland members informed throughout the project.
If you are within the Proof of Concept area, you could contact us about attending occasional steering group meetings. These meetings will act as a means to discuss project progress, next steps and ways that the dataset can be of benefit.
Regardless of where you're based, if you have data which could contribute to the project across Scotland, we'd love to hear from you! Ideally we will need data in a shapefile or other GIS format.
You can also receive our Mapping Scotland's Paths newsletter by emailing us.
Our project manager joined on a two-year contract in summer 2019. The first meeting of the Proof of Concept partners took place in early October 2019. The Proof of Concept dataset was completed by summer 2020, with the further roll-out across Scotland announced in August 2020.
The proof of concept area will focus on a section of the west of Scotland taking in North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and a part of Argyll & Bute. The area also contains a section of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park and Clyde Muirshiel regional park.
Everyone! Once it's complete, everyone will be able to freely access the dataset we produce. That means you can use it to find paths, create routes and promote walking opportunities within your area. We believe that providing people with better knowledge of paths in their area, we can help get more people active and improve the physical and mental health of the nation.
Yes, the network of paths created through this project will be publicly-available and free for everyone to use. We hope that it will encourage more people to be active and enjoy Scotland’s landscapes and world-class access rights.