It always gives me pleasure to see an arsehole get his come-uppance and millionaire Euan Snowie got his yesterday when he lost his legal bid to keep us, the great unwashed, from rambling across his estate.
He had gone to law to challenge the "Right to Roam" legislation which was enacted by the previous Lib Dem & Labour Executive. He was attempting to stop public access to his 70 acre Boquhan House estate which is near Kippen. he had closed and padlocked the western gates to the estate in 2005. After receiveing numerous complaints Stirling Council raised the case in Court.
In his judgement Sheriff Andrew Cubie said:
"Mr Snowie's position appeared to be that if someone was not courteous to him then they could not under any circumstance be a genuine recreational walker."
The Rambler's Association Scotland welcomed the judgement, with President Denis Canavan saying: "The decision also sends a message to local authorities that access rights apply along driveways and past gatehouses.
"There are a number of cases around the country where signs have been erected and gates locked and we hope the authorities will now take action knowing that the courts will back them up."
Hopefully Ann Gloag's exemption at her Kinfauns Castle estate will now be reviewed.