Mapping Scottish stalking

Scottish Natural Heritage’s Heading for the Scottish Hills website has been updated for the 2012/13 season in an effort to help hill walkers be aware of, and avoid, any stalking activity that may be taking place on Scotland’s most popular estates.

The main focus of the website is popular hill walking areas like the Cairngorns, the Breadalbane area, and the west coast. It also aims to remind stalkers to be careful, especially in these areas and where recreational activities are likely, such as along common routes and paths, and ridgelines.

Stalking information is collated by the SNH, and is provided by land managers and estates. The pilot scheme of the system depicts a map of Scotland, which highlights areas where stalking is known to be taking place. Clicking on a highlighted area opens a window that provides more specific information about the months that stalking will take place and contact information for the relevant estate.

The SNH does stress that stalking locations and dates are subject to change, and that walkers should gather information about stalking locally, too, including from stalkers and noticeboards.

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