Managing long distance routes

The role of NatureScot and other organisations in establishing, managing and promoting long distance routes in Scotland.

We were instrumental in proposing the four long distance routes (LDRs) designated under the Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967: the West Highland Way (1980), Speyside Way (1981), Southern Upland Way (1984) and Great Glen Way (2002).  These routes are managed by the local authorities and national park authorities through which they run.

A decade ago we established a promotional brand for the wider network of longer distance paths and routes in Scotland, including the official LDRs, which is known as Scotland’s Great Trails.  These routes are managed by a range of organisations including Countryside Trusts and community organisations as well as local authorities and national park authorities.  We are currently undertaking a review of the Scotland’s Great Trails brand and purpose, and are not planning any changes to the network until the review is concluded.

VisitScotland also promotes a number of long distance paths and routes and other opportunities for long distance journeys and travel are provided by the National Cycle Network and canal towpaths.

We run a Long Distance Routes (LDR) Forum to enable route managers to share their experiences and good practice


Caroline Fyfe
Email: [email protected]

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