Outdoor access

Paths in the Highlands

The key paths in our area are called core paths, and give the public reasonable access throughout the area.

Interactive map of our Core Paths

PDFs of core paths:

There are a number of Long Distance Trails in Highland which promote multi day routes .

West Highlands and Islands core paths plan review (started May 2015)

We have reviewed core path plans for the West Highland and Islands area covering Skye, Lochalsh, Lochaber and Wester Ross.

See the plan and give us your comments  Deadline is 5pm on 18 October 2019. 

You can also  email representations to access@highland.gov.uk or by post to The Highland Council, Development and Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX

Please use the reference numbers of any proposed modifications you're commenting on, in your response.

An Environmental Report of the review has been prepared. Please send comments you may have regarding the report  to access@highland.gov.uk or by post to The Highland Council, Development and Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX by 18th  October 2019

Inner Moray Firth core paths plan review

Covering Easter Ross, Black Isle, Inverness and Nairn, a call for core path changes has been issued for 3rd June 2019 seeking any suggested changes to the Core Path network across the Inner Moray Firth area including new or improved paths to improve connectivity or changes to routes.

Details of the consultation  can be found here

For information on core paths in the Cairngorm National Park, please visit Cairngorm National Park Authority.

Caithness and Sutherland review (commenced June 2013)

The Council is proposing some modifications to the amended core paths plan (Caithness and Sutherland) that was published in December 2017.   The Modified Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended will be published on the 26 April 2019.

The Highland Council is using an on-line based system to provide the public with access to view the amended plan and also to make representations and objections.   The consultation portal is available at http://consult.highland.gov.uk  .  Representations are being accepted up to 1700hrs on the 31st May 2019. 

Objections and representations are only being accepted on the modifications proposed to the Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended .  These modifications are referenced in the published plan with a unique reference number and name.  Objections and representations should indicate a proposed modification by the reference number(s) and be used in any response.

The online consultation portal is been used to aid the collection of public comments and representations, it will aid the Council by ensuring comments are made against specific referenced core paths and removes opportunity for misrepresentation.    Using the consultation portal also allows the Council to more easily keep in contact with parties making representations for this consultation but also for future consultations related to this topic.  If you wish to make representations by other means then you may email representations to access@highland.gov.uk or by post to The Highland Council, Development and Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, INVERNESS, IV3 5NX

Modified Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended 

 

Outdoor Highlands

For information on other paths and access opportunities in Highland, including Long Distance Routes, please see our dedicated site. 

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