BHS Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage recently joined forces with nearly 100 volunteers to undertake a multi-use audit of nine of Scotland’s Great Trails to see if they are passable by horse riders.
This report identifies and records restrictions to multi-use access on nine of Scotland’s most beautiful routes and provides a user friendly summary of accessibility, it also identifies a prioritised action list for improvements.
Learn about the methodology, the recording and the training and support material that was developed: download the full BHS Scotland / SNH Review of the Multi-Use audit of Scotland’s Great Trails.
Click each trail name for detailed route descriptions:
The Rob Roy Way- from Drymen to Pitlochry following on the hoofprints of Rob Roy Macgregor.
Cateran Trail – a circular route taking in Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla – only limited sections are multi-use accessible. Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust are exploring options for improvement.
Dava Way – links Forres with Granton on Spey. Mostly multi-use accessible but not promoted as such.
Formartine and Buchan Way - runs along the former route of the railway that extended from Dyce on the fringes of Aberdeen north to Maud, where it split with branches heading to both Fraserburgh and Peterhead. 100% multi-use, entirely off-road and promoted as such.
Moray Coastal Trail – Fifty miles of trail from Findhorn to Cullen, much of which is rideable.
Forth, Clyde and Union Canal – most of this canal towpath between Edinburgh and Glasgow is capable of accommodating multi-use access.
St Cuthberts Way – from Melrose to Lindisfarne across the Scottish border. Many parts are multi-use accessible.
Southern Upland Way – Coast to coast in the south of Scotland. A game of two halves – the east is multi-use accessible while some of the west is not – yet!
Speyside Way – between Buckie and Aviemore following the Spey. Mostly accessible on horseback.
West Highland Way – an iconic route from Milngavie to Fort William. The middle section of this route along Loch Lomondside is never likely to be multi-use accessible. However, south and north of Loch Lomond, much of this route is already rideable with a sure-footed horse, should be so in future, or alternatives have been identified.