Hilltracks campaign

Help stop damaging vehicle tracks in Scotland's wild land

Poorly constructed hilltracks which cause landscape and environmental damage have been a concern to environmental groups for decades. The Scottish Environment LINK Hilltracks campaign - a coalition of nine leading Scottish environmental organisations, which is also supported by the John Muir Trust and Mountaineering Scotland - has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the issue and the need for tighter controls.

Hill track through Achnasheen Terraces SSSI, courtesy LINK Hill Tracks Campaign

A new report for the Campaign, published in September 2018, has 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. The report calls for stronger oversight of "out of of control" tracks. 

There is currently an important opportunity to raise this issue in the Scottish Parliament and change the law as a new Planning Bill is being discussed by MSPs. Andy Wightman MSP recently tabled an amendment (#165) which would finally bring such tracks fully into the planning system. Sadly, this was voted down in October, but efforts are continuing while the Planning Bill is still before Parliament.

Please email your MSPs to let them know this is an issue that means a lot to you.

Read a recent letter from the Campaign to Scottish Government Ministers

Other ways to help

The John Muir Trust is pleased to support the LINK Hilltracks campaign.

LINK Hilltracks campaign group members are: Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Badenoch & Strathspey Conservation Group, Cairngorms Campaign, 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.