Developing paths

walk leaders

We have fantastic access rights in Scotland, but we lack a comprehensive mapped path network to help everyone find safe, pleasant routes around and between our communities. Paths are really important in helping us all enjoy our access rights, especially in lowland areas.  Over the years, without formal protection, many paths have been lost to agriculture, forestry or development. But all too often we just don’t know where paths are, even if we know the local area. 

We are working to expand our path networks on the ground, but at the same time our amazing Mapping Scotland’s Paths project is creating a database of all the paths we can identify in Scotland. This digital map will be made publicly available for free before the project ends.

Read more about Long Distance Routes, core paths and how to improve your path network.

Page updated May 2021.