In Scotland we’re fortunate to have world-renowned rights of public access to most land and inland water. Ramblers Scotland took a leading role in delivering Scotland’s access rights, which involved many years of campaigning by our members. We now work to uphold these rights.
Walkers in Scotland enjoy world-class rights of public access, thanks to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Learn more here.
Scotland’s progressive rights of public access to land also include the right to camp away from campsites as long as it’s done responsibly.
We see public access as a public good, delivering many outcomes to society related to health, wellbeing, a strong rural economy, connectivity, social cohesion, education and connecting people with the environment.
Access legislation in Scotland relating to golf courses.
Everything you need to know about your rights to cross rail lines in Scotland.
We are not opposed charges for car parking but only when it’s made clear that the money raised is being used to improve facilities for walkers, such as paths, signage, toilets and other visitor infrastructure.
Information about walking in Scotland's forests including access rights.