Scottish Outdoor Access Code for walkers

Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland waters in Scotland for recreation, education and for going from place to place although some specific areas are excluded such as residential gardens, farm yards, airfields and visitor attractions which charge an entry fee.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code – produced by NatureScot – is designed to help walkers and others outdoors users such as cyclists and horse riders enjoy these access rights responsibly.

Key things to remember when out walking:

  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Respect people's privacy and peace of mind
  • Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep dogs under proper control
  • Take extra care if organising a group or event

More information and the full code can be found at Specific advice on dogs are also available.

Find out more about how the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies to land managers.


The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone a statutory right of access in Scotland.