Scottish access rights

Thanks to Scotland’s world-class access rights, you can walk on nearly all land in Scotland.

If you’re planning a walking trip in Scotland, it’s important to understand your access rights and your responsibilities.

Walkers accessing farmers’ fields

Access and walking on farmland in Scotland

You can use your access rights to walk on agricultural land in Scotland. We view access to farmland as a public good, delivering positive outcomes to society.


Walking on golf courses in Scotland

Golf courses are important green spaces in Scotland. You have the right to cross them but you must keep off the greens and avoid interfering with play.


Crossing railway lines in Scotland

Level crossings help walkers cross railway lines as safely as possible. But the legal use by walkers of private level crossings is disputed.