Poorly constructed vehicle tracks which cause landscape and environmental damage have been a concern to environmental groups for decades. The Trust is a member of the Scottish Environment LINK Hilltracks subgroup which has been campaigning for stronger oversight of "out of control" tracks.
A 2018 report for the Campaign found that in spite of changes to the legislation in 2014 the law is still failing to control damaging vehicle tracks in Scotland's finest landscapes.
Thank you for taking action
A big thank you to everyone who wrote to their MSPs during the passage of Scotland's new Planning Bill asking them to support calls to change the law around track construction. Sadly, the changes proposed to the Bill by Andy Wightman MSP were voted down during the full chamber debate on 19 June. Read a response from Campaigns Co-ordinator Mel Nicoll here
Andy Wightman MSP had tabled amendments (amendments 14, 15, 15, 17, 18 pages 32-34) that could help to stop the creep of tracks further into wilder and sensitive landscapes and habitats, improve their siting and design, and give people more of a say in what tracks are built where.
Please keep an eye out for further updates from the Scottish Environment LINK Hilltracks campaign, meantime see our "Other ways to help."
Other ways to help
- If you come across a track of concern please take photos as these help us to illustrate the problems and provide valuable campaign material. More information on what to look out for and how to send in your photos here
- You can also tweet your photos to #hilltracks or #NoMotorsUpMountains
Scottish Environment LINK hilltracks sub-group members are: Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Badenoch & Strathspey Conservation Group, Cairngorms Campaign, John Muir Trust, National Trust for Scotland, North East Mountain Trust, Ramblers Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Campaign for National Parks, Scottish Wild Land Group. Also supported by Mountaineering Scotland.