We are delighted to announce that Laich of Moray Active Travel Routes (LoMATR) is now a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). This has formalised our group, with it becoming an incorporated body with charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is satisfied that our group meets the charity test and legal requirements for being a SCIO, recognising our charitable purposes as follows:

  • To provide outdoor recreation facilities and activities for the local community and its visitors by:
    • Establishing a recognised walking and cycling route between Lossiemouth and Hopeman, initially, to be known as the Lossiemouth to Hopeman ATR;
    • Promoting those sections of the Lossiemouth to Hopeman ATR suitable for equestrians or accessible by mobility scooter;
    • Organising and supporting public events using the Lossiemouth to Hopeman ATR for recreational or sporting activities;
    • Establishing and promoting other ATR routes in and around the Laich of Moray.
  • To advance citizenship and community development by:
    • Working with landowners, land occupiers and volunteers from the local community to maintain and improve ATR routes and the environment alongside;
    • Promoting the use of the Lossiemouth to Hopeman ATR as a strategic route for active travel.
  • To advance heritage and education by informing the public about the natural environment and heritage.

Formalising our group is a huge leap forward for plans for the Lossiemouth to Hopeman Active Travel Route, which will make it easier for us to apply for match funding for further stages in the route’s development, including the detailed design and construction phases.