Paths and rights of access

Background

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (the Act) gives a right of responsible, non-motorised access to virtually all land and inland water in Scotland. It also introduces the term ‘core path’ placing a duty on the Council to draw up a plan for a system of paths (core paths) sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout its area.

What is a core path? A core path can be anything— a right of way, farm track, an old drove road, a route published in a guidebook, basically anywhere whether there is a route on the ground or water, or not.

Although the Act allows anything to be a core path, the Scottish Government has set out some characteristics of a core path. They should be signposted at key access points, all boundary crossing–gates, stiles and gaps through fences, hedges and walls. should be accessible to all legitimate users and the path surfaces can be anything from grassy country paths to tarmac surfaced paths. 

This is the first time that this plan has been produced for the Stirling Council area and it covers the area within the Council boundary but outside the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Stirling Council's Core Paths Plan was adopted by the Council on 25 June 2009. 

How to use the maps to find core paths in your area

The overview map of the Stirling Council area is divided up into a grid and the subsequent maps show the area and core paths in more detail.

  • Go to the overview map and find the area you are interested in and note the map number.
  • Go to the actual map you wish to view.
  • This map will show you the core paths in that area. The core paths are drawn as purple lines.  Each path is numbered so that you can easily talk to us about it should you need to.

 The Core Paths Plan maps

Overview map

A08 A09 B07 B08 B09 C07 C08
C11 D07 D08 D09 D10 D11 D13
D14 E08 E09 E10 E11 E12 E13
E14 F09 F10 F11 F12 F13 F14
G08 G09 G10 G12 G13 G14 H10
H11 H12 H13 I11 I12 I13 J11
J12 K10 K12 L10 Q09 Q10 Q11
R07 R11          

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