General information: Aberdeenshire Core Paths Plan
The Aberdeenshire Core Paths Plan has been formally adopted. View maps of the Core Paths.
Since 1997, Aberdeenshire Council's Outdoors Access staff have worked with landowners and communities to improve the rural paths network in many parts of Aberdeenshire.
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 placed various new duties on local authorities, one of which was to prepare a Core Paths Plan. The Plan should be "sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area".
What Core Paths are
Core Paths aim to:
- Provide the basic framework of paths to meet communities' needs
- Minimise any potential conflict with land management
- Be well sign posted, well maintained and welcoming