Enjoy Scotland on Foot

People in Scotland can now benefit from a new free booklet produced by Ramblers Scotland containing expert guidance on accessing the outdoors in a responsible way, so that everyone can be confident in enjoying a walk.


Ramblers Scotland played a leading role in helping to secure world-renowned rights of access for Scotland through the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and has since been working to ensure walkers understand their responsibilities as well as their rights. The Scotland on Foot booklet will help to continue this work.


 “We are incredibly lucky in Scotland to enjoy such amazing access rights”, said James Lawson, Convener of Ramblers Scotland.  “However we know not everyone feels confident in their rights and their responsibilities when they are outdoors, so not as many people are making the most of Scotland’s wonderful natural environment as they could be.”


“In celebration of our 50th anniversary we wanted to give people in Scotland a gift, so we’ve produced a brand new booklet full of advice on what Scottish access rights mean to walkers,” continued James.  “We hope this will help everyone feel more confident so that they can head out and enjoy the great outdoors much more often.”


Download a copy of the Scotland on Foot booklet.


Full guidance on responsibilities for land managers and those enjoying access is provided in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Ramblers Scotland’s 50th anniversary


Scottish walkers were involved right from the start in the foundation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935, when rambling federations from Glasgow and Edinburgh joined forces with walking groups in England to form an organisation which would campaign for rights of access to land across Great Britain.  In 1965 the first Scottish Area was established in the Ramblers, making 2015 our 50th anniversary, and the 80th anniversary of the Ramblers in Great Britain.

Lindsey Hensman

Its a great idea to have such a booklet celebrating access in Scotland, but is it not possible to get al the paths, whether drove roads, shooting tracks or waymarked routes in local woods, onto the OS maps so that people can see where the paths actually are. No-one wants to access the hills by struggling through deep heather when a path might be nearby. How can you plan a route when you don't know where the parths are?

Helen Todd

Lindsey, we couldn't agree more! We're currently campaigning to get OS maps to include core paths which will be a start in mapping Scotland's path network. You can sign up to support this initiative here: