General Information

Aberdeenshire Core Paths Plan

The Aberdeenshire Core Paths Plan has been formally adopted. Maps of the Core Paths are available to view. For further details regarding Aberdeenshire Core Paths please contact

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 are Core Paths?

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.

If you would like further information about the Aberdeenshire Core Paths Plan please contact the Environment Team.


Or by telephone:

  • Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine Areas 01467 539919
  • Garioch, Marr and Kincardine and Mearns Areas 01467 535681