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Local Outdoor Access Forum

The Cairngorms Local Outdoor Access Forum is the statutory body that advises the Park Authority and others on matters relating to outdoor access. The Forum is made up of individuals representing land management, community interests, recreational users, public agencies.

The objectives and functions of the Forum are:

  •  To act as the local access forum for Cairngorms National Park and to undertake the functions of that body in terms of Section 25 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003;
  • To advise the Authority in the review of the Core Paths Plan;
  • To advise the Authority in the review of its Outdoor Access Strategy;
  • To advise the Authority and any other person or body consulting it, on the existence and delineation of rights of way and the exercise of access rights;
  • To promote responsible access and land management through assisting the Authority in publicising the Scottish Outdoor Access Code;
  • To promote discussion and the sharing of knowledge, awareness and good practice in outdoor access matters;
  • To support the provision of appropriate infrastructure that improves responsible access to the countryside for all; and
  • To offer advice that will assist in the resolution of outdoor access disputes.

View meeting papers, minutes and agendas

Current Members 

Chair- John Grierson

Trevor Thornley – Community

Trevor is a charity trustee and active volunteer with the Dava Way Association; the association improves, maintains and promotes the Dava Way, a multi-use route running between Grantown-On-Spey and Forres that is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. During an extensive career in the Royal Air Force, Trevor spent a number of years as a member of the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team. He has climbed many of the Scottish mountains and recently discovered the joys of mountain biking.

Anne-Marie Nuttall – Recreation

Anne-Marie has been exploring Scotland’s mountains since 1985. She is a lecturer in physical geography at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she specialises in glaciers and their interactions with climate and the landscape. Whenever possible she likes to be out in the hills, either walking, climbing, ski-touring, wild camping, mountain biking or teaching students about the natural environment.

Eilidh Scobbie – Recreation

Eilidh is a solicitor by training, but an outdoor enthusiast, who is an active hill-walker and cross country skier.  She is a past Secretary, President, and now Social Secretary of the Cairngorm Club, and lives on Deeside..

Ailsa Niven- Public Health

Peter Wright- Community

Sally Devlin- Recreation

Neil Wilson- Recreation

Simon Ovenden-  Land Manager


Do you have any other questions?


Doug Stewart, Outdoor Access Officer, tel: 01479 870533