Right of Way
Landholders have allegedly blocked or deterred public access to Scotland’s paths more than 1,000 times in recent years according to data logged by local authorities.
A wealthy Highland landowner trying to block access to a path called “historic and important” owns the land via an offshore tax haven firm, The Ferret can reveal.
A Scottish walking charity has condemned Network Rail for closing more than 1,250 level crossings in Britain since 2009, obstructing access for walkers.
Landowners have been urged to remove locked gates and a fence on paths at Loch Na Bo Estate, near Lhanbryde, by Moray Council and others. The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays) and walking charity, Ramblers Scotland, said the estate had “ignored” its duty to ensure access rights.
The former leader of Highland Council has accused a wealthy landowner of breaching outdoor access legislation by locking gates on walking routes, used for generations.