Rights of way

Rights of Way play an important role in outdoor access throughout Scotland. The council has a duty to investigate alleged rights of way and to ensure that they are free from obstruction.

We consider a path to be a Right of Way if it meets the following criteria:

  • The track must run from one public place to another public place.
  • The track must follow a more or less defined route.
  • The track must have been used openly and peaceably by members of the public otherwise than with the permission, express or implied, of the landowner.
  • It must have been so used without substantial and effective interruption for a period of 20 years or more.

Neither the Council nor the land owner has a duty or responsibility to maintain a Right of Way.

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Outdoor Access Service

Militia House
English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3000
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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