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CASTLE TOWARD PUBLIC ACCESS QUESTIONS

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With the sale of the 226 acre Castle Toward estate ‘progressing’ questions are being asked about the path through the estate, which has been used for many years by both pedestrians and horse riders, such as ‘is it a right of way?’ and ‘will it still be accessible to the public after the estate is sold?’.

 

 

 

We asked Argyll and Bute Council what stage the sale of the estate to Denice and Keith Punler is at.

 

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: “The sale continues to be progressed by the parties' solicitors.”

 

We also asked the local authority about the path and the spokesperson added: “The matter of the path is being investigated and you will be advised of the position once these investigations have been completed.”

 

To be a public right of way a route must have been in use, peacefully, without consent being asked, for over 20 years. The route must be well defined and must run between two public places.

 

The path through Castle Toward estate would appear to meet these criteria as, locally, residents maintain that use of this public right of way dates back to Victorian times.

 

It is still, today a well used route which is well marked and shows evidence of access by horse riders and cyclists, as well as walkers, along its whole length.

 

Scotland also has legislation which provides for public access to most land and water, a so-called ‘right to roam’.

 

These access rights apply widely to Scotland's countryside and include walking, cycling and other non-motorised activities.

   

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