The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Know the code…

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code and Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, came into effect on the 9th February 2005. Everyone now has the statutory right to be on most land and water for recreation, education and going from place to place, providing they act responsibly. These access rights and responsibilities are explained in the Code. The key things to remember 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 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
  • Respect rights of way and customary access

If you’d like to find out more about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, visit the Outdoor Access website.


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