Rights of way - general information

We are responsible for protecting public rights of way to keep them open and free from obstruction. We work closely with Scotways (the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society) who promote outdoor public access - and we:

  • deal with enquiries and offering advice and information on rights of way and access matters
  • provide legal advice
  • keep records on known rights of way

What is a right of way? To become a right of way, a route has to meet certain legal conditions; in particular, it must have been used by the general public for at least 20 years and must link two public places (usually public roads) by a more or less defined line. If you would like to check if a route is a right of way, please contact us.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act, which came into operation in 2003, established a new right of responsible public access in addition to rights of way which still remain. The rights and responsibilities of land managers and those exercising access rights are set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Fife Access Forum, whose members include land managers, user groups and agencies, also provides advice to Fife Council on the exercise of access rights, rights of way, the Fife Core Path Plan and on disputes concerning access matters.

Countryside Access Team
Tel: 01592 583239
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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