Core Paths Plans were introduced by Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The purpose of the Plan is to designate a system of paths to provide the basic framework of routes (which are) sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area (and which will) link into and support wider networks of other paths and routes.
The core path plan comprises of many different types of paths, ranging from natural ground to constructed paths. Taken as a whole, the core paths system caters for all types of users - walkers, cyclists, horse riders, canoeists, people with disabilities, etc - but not all individual routes are designated for every type of user. The core paths are clearly shown on the Councils official core path maps.
GPX and KML files of the Core Paths can be downloaded from the Map Data webpage.
This new statutory focus on making provision for non-motorised access to and in the outdoors has profound and wide-ranging ramifications. In addition to the obvious recreational aspects it is intended to: (i) support healthy lifestyles and health improvement initiatives; (ii) promote walking and cycling as sustainable transport modes for everyday trips to schools, shops, workplaces and leisure activities; (iii) contribute towards social inclusion and community safety, and (iv) promote economic development.
Disclaimer: We try to keep this information as up to date as possible, however there may be additions or amendments that have not been recorded yet.
Shetland Draft Core Paths plan and maps:
- Shetland Core Paths Plan text
- Map Key
- Burra and Trondra
- Fair Isle
- Gulberwick Cunningsburgh and Quarff
- Nesting and Lunnasting
- Sandsting & Aithsting
- Tingwall Whiteness and Weisdale
- Walls & Sandness (Including Papa Stour & Foula)
- Core Paths with SNH designations
- Core Paths with scheduled monuments
- List & map of Aspirational Routes
- SEA Environmental Report for Shetland Draft Core Paths Plan
Outdoor Access Officer
North Gremista Industrial Estate
Tel: +44 (01595) 744800
Fax: +44 (01595) 744804