Core Paths

Core paths, as the most important outdoor access routes in the area, provide a basic framework for public access which meets community needs, and minimises any potential conflict with land management operations. They provide opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding and other activities, for people of all abilities, though each core path is not necessarily suitable for all types of access or ability of user. Surfaces of core paths may vary from beaten earth to tarmacadam. As such, not all core paths are suitable for all activities. The access taker should use their judgement as to whether the individual route is suitable for their particular activity.

Core Paths Plan

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 establishes statutory access rights over most land and inland water. It is recognised, however, that most people would prefer to take access along clearly defined and recognised routes. To provide for this, and in compliance with the Act, South Ayrshire Council has planned a system of paths (Core Paths Plan), sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout its area.

Following a Public Inquiry by the Scottish Government into outstanding objections to the draft Plan, the South Ayrshire Core Paths Plan was adopted in November 2014.

The adopted Core Paths Plan is being prepared for publication.

The following is an interactive map of the South Ayrshire Core Paths Plan.

A larger, more detailed map is also available displaying this and other key environmental layers.

For the larger interactive map’s key, click on the 3 line symbol, top left corner of screen, and select ‘layers’ to find the various routes and area categories marked on the map.