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Walking, cycling and horse riding

Outdoor access code and guidelines

Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing you act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish outdoor access code (SOAC).

Whether you're enjoying or managing the countryside, the main messages from the SOAC are:

  • take responsibility for your own actions
  • respect the interests of other people
  • care for the environment

Good practice advice about activities including:

  • camping
  • canoeing
  • dog walking
  • horse riding and
  • off road cycling is available under the SOAC

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland aims to provide information on how to take access responsibly when walking and climbing in the hills and mountains.