Local Access Forums

Section 25 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 placed a duty on each local authority to establish at least one local access forum for its area.

The Highland Council has established 6 Local Access Forums to advise the Council on access issues. The functions of a forum are to provide advice when requested to do so by the local authority and to provide assistance in any dispute resolution in relation to the exercise of access rights, the delineation and existence of rights of way and the drawing up of core paths plans.

Meeting are open to the public and minutes and agendas for each meeting can be found by following the links below for each area.  The Forums are based in the following areas:

The maximum number of Forum members is 9 plus two Councillors (three in Inverness & Nairn). Fora also have the facility to form sub groups to carry out specific investigations or to co-opt specialist advisers.

The Fora were appointed by the Council to include a balanced  representation with three nominees selected from each of the following categories:

  • Land managers – estate owners, farmers, crofters, foresters 
  • Access users – walkers, cyclists, horse riders, canoeists  
  • Community groups – community councils, Environmental organisations, local path development groups 

For details of the Membership of your Local Access Forum click on the appropriate links above.


Contact information

For general information about the Access Forums please contact:

Access Administrative Assistant
The Highland Council
Glenurquhart Road

Tel: (01463) 702288
Fax: (01463) 702298

Email: access@highland.gov.uk
Internet Security - Please note that internet email cannot be guaranteed as secure. Therefore, it is inadvisable to provide personal information by this method.


National Access Forum

A National Access Forum has been established to assist with implementation of the access rights. This body brings together all relevant interests and has a broad advisory role, helping SNH to keep the Scottish Outdoor Access Code under review, and advising SNH and others on a wide range of other matters relating to the new legislation. The Forum will also support local access forums, which will have an important role in resolving any difficulties which may arise at local level. Information on the National Access Forum can be found on the following link: