The Ramblers’ Association has submitted further written evidence in the case in which Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag is seeking to exclude the public from access land.
Solicitors acting for the association claim she is asserting her rights but forgetting those of walkers who use access land. And they have repeated their concerns that she failed to appear in court for a case she herself brought.
Mrs Gloag’s lawyers have countered by saying they have already explained that she was concerned about media intrusion.
The latest written evidence was made to Perth Sheriff Court in the case brought by Ann Gloag, one of Scotland’s richest women, to exclude part of her estate at Kinfauns Castle, near Perth, from access legislation. She claims opening up land would harm her privacy and lead to increased danger of kidnap.
Pattison and Sim, on behalf of the Ramblers’ Association, said: “How convenient it is to label an access taker as an intruder and to forget him or her in this self-serving formulation.
“The pursuer [Mrs Gloag] forgets that the access taker too has rights.”
Sheriff Michael Fletcher will pass judgement in the case later in the year.