The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone a statutory right of access to most land and inland waters in Scotland for outdoor recreation, education and for crossing land and water provided they act responsibly.
Landowners, farmers, foresters or other land managers as well as recreation managers including countryside rangers or access officers can help outdoor users do this by managing access land appropriately and following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Key things for land managers to remember:
Land managers can ask people to avoid routes and avoid doing particular things while work is being carried out if the work creates serious – or less obvious – hazards.
Key things for recreation managers to remember:
More information, including the full Scottish Outdoor Access Code and an A-Z practical guide on what to do in situations land and recreation manager might encounter, can be found at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com.
Find out about how the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies to walkers.