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North Sea Trail Association

The North Sea Trail Association (NSTA) was set up in 2008 to maintain the international network of partners around the North Sea and is actively seeking new partner areas to extend the trail network. MFP is the Scotland representative on the Steering Committee and acts as Treasurer.

The North Sea Trail received European funding from the Interreg IIIB North Sea Programme and has developed over 3,000km of sign posted trails and paths in six north-sea countries (26 regions across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK).  This major international initiative was led by Aberdeenshire Council.  The aim was to create a series of footpaths around the North Sea coast to enable people to enjoy walking in these special coastal landscapes and, at the same time, to discover the special things about these places - what makes them different and what gives them a common North Sea culture.

As well as creating and regenerating footpaths, the Project worked to improve access to many heritage features.  The project also worked with the business community to ensure that the economies of these areas will benefit from the North Sea Trail and that the tourist industry will provide added value to the North Sea Trail experience. are involved in the initiative.

As part of the Nort Sea Trail project, MFP led the Moray Firth Trail project, supported by a range of funding partners that included Scottish Natural Heritage, VisitScotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Highland Council & Moray Council. 

Scottish Coastal Way
Through the North Sea Trail Association, the Partnership will contribute to ongoing discussions regarding the development of the Scottish Coastal Way (with cross-border partner links to the English long distance coastal path (through the UK Marine & Coastal Access Act)).