Core Path Plan & Outdoor Access Strategy

The Core Path Plan

The Land Reform Scotland Act (2003) was implemented in February 2005, giving us several powers and duties to maintain responsible use of the outdoors, both land and inland water. These include the duty to produce a Core Path Plan which meets the needs of the community, providing a number of routes which give reasonable access throughout the area.

Our Core Path Plan was adopted on 5 November 2008.

You can view the maps of the Core Path Plan using the maps link on this page. To find the core path plan routes click on the + icon next to the environment link and then click core path routes.

You can also view a hard copy of the Core Path Plan through appointment with the East Ayrshire Outdoor Access Officer by emailing

Outdoor Access Strategy

Outdoor Access is relevant to everyone whether for their work or recreation, or simply for getting around the area where they live. An Access Strategy is used as the framework to plan and develop outdoor access and as a basis for the work of the Local Acces Forum. East Ayrshire's Access Strategy is currently under review and the revised version will be available online soon.


Public survey

Please complete our survey about the benefits of walking and cycling paths and routes and tell us how they could be improved to encourage greater use!

Over the next few years, Scottish Natural Heritage, in partnership with Sustrans, Scottish Canals and others will be working to develop and improve the National Walking and Cycling Network and we’re keen to find out how it’s being used at the moment, what people think of it and what benefits it provides.

Please tell us what you think by clicking on the link below and completing our survey.  It should only take a few minutes of your time and your feedback will be valuable in helping us plan the future development of the network. All responses to the survey will be entered into a draw for a £50 or £25 shopping voucher.

Thank you!

Link to general public survey