Scottish Outdoor Access Code


Know the Code before you go …

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors. Everyone has the right to responsible access to most land and inland water for recreation, education or just for getting from A to B. These access rights and responsibilities are explained in The Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The key things are:

When you’re in the outdoors:

  • Take personal responsibility for your own actions and act safely
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for your environment and take your litter home
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you’re organising an event or running a business

If you’re managing the outdoors:

  • Respect access rights
  • Act reasonably when asking people to avoid land management operations
  • Work with your local authority and other bodies to help integrate access and land management; and
  • Respect rights of way and customary access

Further information can be found by following the link from this page.