Public rights of way
The Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967 gives us a statutory duty to protect, assert and keep open and free from obstruction or encorachment public rights of way in its area (including that covered by the Cairngorm National Park Authority).
To be a public right of way, a route must meet all the following conditions:
- It must join two public places
- It must follow a more or less defined route
- It must have been used by the general public, as a matter of right (not just with the permission of the landowner)
- It must have been used without substantial interruption for at least 20 years