Our Guide to Blocked Paths
- Rights of Way and
- Core Paths
Public Rights of Way (Scotland)
Scottish Local Authorities do have a legal duty to keep Public Rights of Way open and free from obstruction. The major challenge in this is unlike England and Wales, there is no requirement for a local authority in Scotland to maintain a "Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way" therefore records of Public Rights of Way are very poor.
The Core Paths in Scotland were created under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and just under 12,500 miles of existing paths have been recorded as Core Paths.
Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act, Local Authorities do have a legal duty to keep Core Paths open and free from obstruction.
In the event a Core Path is obstructed the relevant local authority has increased powers to have the obstruction removed. If you encounter a problem, contact the local authority's Access Team.
If you encounter a blockage on a Core Path, you can detour around it using the Right to Roam - providing you do not enter land where the statutory right of access does not apply.
Find out more at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.