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Rights of way and heritage paths

Ever wondered where these green and white metal signposts lead to or who put them there? These signs are installed by the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (Scotways for short) to mark rights of way routes where the public has the right of passage.

There are 7000 recorded rights of way in Scotland, and probably many more that go unrecorded. Some rights of way such as the Lairig Ghru, a high-level drovers road through the Cairngorms, are a long walk through remote countryside.  Many though are very short and in urban settings.

The Scotways website external site provides a wealth of information about rights of way and is a good starting place for questions you may have such as How does a route become a right of way? or Is there any need for rights of way now that there are statutory rights of access in Scotland?

Heritage paths

With help from the public, Scotways has been unearthing information about traditional routes used for trading, smuggling and pilgrimage and as military roads. You can search the Heritage Paths external site website by the type of path that's of interest to you, as well as by geographical area. In addition to encouraging folk to follow in the steps of our ancestors along these ancient highways, Scotways are keen to hear from anyone with further information about the routes.

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