Core paths plans

The core paths network across Scotland aims to give everyone 'reasonable access throughout their area'.

A Core Paths Plan must be drawn up by each access authority, to establish a system or network of paths 'giving the public reasonable access throughout their area' (section 17 of the Act). Core paths help people to exercise their access rights with confidence, and help to harmonise access and land management operations. The core paths network will provide for all types of users, and may include routes on inland water for paddlers and other water users.

The core paths planning process involved extensive consultations, and included any objections being formally considered through local inquiries where necessary, before each plan was finalised and adopted.

Links to all access authority adopted core path plans can be found on our handy Core Paths in Scotland interactive map.

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