The National Path Demonstration Site

Visit Scotland's Path Demonstration Site to see examples of the best design, infrastructure and management of paths

Directional signs
Boardwalk with anti-slip strips
Dementia Friendly Directional Signs
Dementia Friendly Seating
Wooden bridge demonstrating recommended parapet heights for cyclists (l) and horse riders (r)

Our National Path Demonstration site showcases the best practice in inclusive design, infrastructure and the management of shared use paths.

The unique site, located at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Oatridge Campus, is made up of several paths constructed using a range of different materials and construction techniques. The site aims to help path projects decide on the best materials and techniques to use for their own unique project. As well as different types of path surface, you'll also find lots of different types of gates, barriers, bridges and signs at the site to look at and try out.

We use the site to test the latest innovations in materials, infrastructure and construction techniques so there is always something new and different to learn.

The site has been designed to help path professionals or volunteers think about what makes an inclusive, well-designed path and visiting it will give you lots of new ideas and help you to choose the right type of path and infrastructure that you need for your project.

We have carried out work to improve the demonstration site including creating a dementia friendly space using the latest in dementia friendly design through a Dementia Services Development Trust Disruption Grant.

The video below provides an overview of the site.

The demonstration site is open to the public, but we are always happy to provide guided tours of the site to groups. Please email us for more information about the site.

Click here to find out how to get there