Walking, cycling and horse riding are increasingly popular activities in Orkney, both amongst local residents and visitors to the islands.
The ‘Orkney Outdoor Access Strategy’, which was reviewed in 2017 and which sets out the Council’s priorities for the provision of outdoor access in Orkney, is available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.
The Access Strategy provides a framework to guide the development and management of outdoor access throughout the islands. It defines aims and objectives that will help Orkney to develop access in a co-ordinated fashion. It also contains an action plan, which will translate the strategy’s aims into a series of proposals that can be taken forward and implemented.
The strategy examines the current provision for access in Orkney and looks at future needs and demands. Using this information it sets out the key issues that need to be addressed and identifies the priorities for improving outdoor access in Orkney. It also identifies key action areas, such as the coastline and farmland, and considers the problems and opportunities associated with these specific areas. It identifies a wide range of user groups and seeks to provide access opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
The Strategy identifies the following key aims:
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