Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Scottish Outdoor Access Code


Scottish Outdoor Access Code is the equivalent of the Countryside Code in England & Wales


Scottish Outdoor Access Code 

Scottish Outdoor Access Code



In the context of walking, the following are access rights and restrictions.

Access Rights

Everyone can enjoy Scotland's outdoor access rights. In summary, some of the main features of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 are:

  • Everyone has the statutory right of access
  • Access rights apply to all land and inland waters, unless excluded (see here)
  • Access rights are for outdoor recreation, for crossing land and water, and for some educational and commercial purposes
  • Exercising access rights, and managing access land, must be done responsibly.


Where Access does not Apply

There are some exceptions; here are the main ones (with the complete list here)

  • Houses and gardens, and non-residential buildings and associated land
  • Farm buildings and yards
  • Land in which crops have been sown or are growing (although please note that the headrigs, endrigs and other margins of fields where crops are growing are not defined as crops, whether sown or unsown, and are therefore within access rights).
  • Land next to a school and used by the school
  • Sports or playing fields when these are in use and where the exercise of access rights would interfere with such use
  • Land developed and in use for recreation and where the exercise of access rights would interfere with such use
  • Golf courses (but you can cross a golf course provided you don't interfere with any games of golf)
  • Places like airfields, railways, telecommunication sites, military bases and installations, working quarries and construction sites, and
  • Visitor attractions or other places which charge for entry.


Other Activities

Not all activities are granted access. Click here to read more.


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Acknowledgement

Thanks to Outdoor Access Scotland for help with this page.