Additional long distance routes to expand Scotland’s Great Trails network Scottish Natural Heritage’s Long Distance Routes Project Board has agreed to several new routes being included in the Scotland’s Great Trails branded network for 2013. The routes are the Cross Borders Drove Road, Mull of Galloway Trail, and the Romans and Reivers Route (southwest Scotland from Ae Forest to Hawick). The Clyde to Forth Cycle Route was also recommended for inclusion, though subsequently Sustrans felt it best to postpone for a year to ensure that it is up to standard. Scotland’s Great Trails are a network of long distance routes, promoted nationally and further afield by VisitScotland.
In 2014 the John Muir Trail which is currently being developed from Dunbar to Helensburgh, taking a line through Edinburgh, West Lothian, Falkirk Stirling and on through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, will also join Scotland’s Great Trails. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has produced a briefing for farmers and landowners that will be on or close to the route. This gives details of how SNH are developing the route, how discussions with landowners over route alignment are progressing and will be taken forward, how on-going management will be addressed, the liability position and the business opportunities that SNH hope will be realised once the route is operating. The briefing is attached.