Core Paths

While the primary purpose of Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act is to establish statutory access rights to all suitable land, whether or not defined paths exist, it is recognised that the majority of access takes place along defined routes. Section 17 of the Act requires Local Authorities to provide a system of core paths that are sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area. In other words these core paths will form a basic network of routes for exercising your access rights. These will link into wider path networks and general access areas, such as open land, woods, fields and hills.

The original Core Path Plan was adopted by Dundee City Council in 2009 after extensive consultations and with support and advice from Dundee’s Local Access Forum. Paths in the plan have been improved, particularly through improvements in Dundee Waterfront. The Local Access Forum carried out surveys, and proposed changes to the plan. The changes were subject to consultations, and were adopted by Dundee City Council on the 1st March 2020. A single amendment for a permanent diversion of Core Path 7 was adopted on the 24th July, 2023.

You can download the maps and report below or request a copy from the Access Officer.

Dundee City Council has an obligation to provide an Environmental Report as part of the Core Paths Plan. This is available as a PDF document for you to download.


Tel: 01382 434769