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Outdoor access

North Ayrshire offers a range of opportunities for outdoor access such as walking, horse riding, canoeing and cycling. These are provided by the right of responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Outdoor Access Strategy

Our Outdoor Access Strategy (PDF, 5.7mb) was produced in partnership with the North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Forum. It is a partnership document that brings together organisations with an involvement in access planning and implementation. 

A Revised Strategy (PDF, 2.3mb) has since been developed to take account of legislative changes.

It was determined that Strategic Environmental Assessment was not necessary after consultation with the Consultation Authorities (PDF, 1.2mb). The Screening Report and Consultation Authorities responses confirm this position SEA Summary (PDF, 713kb).

Outdoor Access Officer

Our Outdoor Access Officer's responsibilities include:

  • administrative support for the North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Forum
  • implementing the North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Strategy 
  • development and implementation of the Core Paths Plan
  • providing advice and guidance on outdoor access
  • administering the Community Outdoor Access Grant Scheme (COAGS)
  • path establishment and implementation projects
  • rights of way and related issues
  • promotion of responsible outdoor access

Outdoor Access Forum

The North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Forum brings together parties with an interest in developing and managing outdoor access. The Forum's functions are to:

  • advise on the exercise of access rights and the development of the core paths plan
  • offer assistance in disputes about access rights

The North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Forum leaflet (PDF, 1.2mb) provides more information.

The Forum is made up of people appointed by the local authority and will include:

  • land owners/managers (Scottish Water and the Forestry Commission)
  • individuals (walkers, cyclists, canoeists, horse-riders)
  • agencies (local health and tourist boards)

The Forum meets, on a quarterly basis. Meeting notes may be requested by contacting the Access Officer.

Contact Outdoor Access



01294 324766