Outdoor Access

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives people recognised access rights to most land and inland water in Scotland. These rights relate to the following:

  • walking
  • cycling (including mountain biking)
  • horse riding
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • access taken by mobility scooters or similar vehicles adapted people with mobility problems

With rights come responsibilities and details on both can be found in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC).  This covers both access-takers and managers of land over which access is taken.
Specific SOAC guidance on individual activities and areas can be found on the Scottish Outdoor Access website and selecting the Practical Guide for All section. There you'll find advice for outdoor activities ranging from walking your dog to visiting the beach and how you should treat crops in fields.
These organisations provide more detailed guidance on their particular types of access, including where to go:

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Countryside and Greenspace Service

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