Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Enjoying the outdoors responsibly
When visiting the outdoors, you must behave responsibly, and the Code explains what this means. The main responsibilities can be summarised as
- Take responsibility for your own actions – eg care for your own safety, keep alert for hazards, take special care with children.
- Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind – eg. do not act in ways that might annoy or alarm people, especially at night.
- Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively – eg keep clear of land management operations like harvesting or tree-felling, avoid damaging crops, leave gates as you find them.
- Care for your environment – eg don’t disturb wildlife, take your litter away with you.
- Keep your dog under proper control – dogs are popular companions, but take special care if near livestock, or during the bird breeding season, and always pick up after your dog.
- Take extra care if you are organising an event or running a business – eg talk to the managers of any land which you may plan to use intensively or regularly.
Countryside Code short version
Respect other people
- Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
- Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow
Protect the natural environment
- Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
- Don’t have BBQs or fires
- Keep dogs under effective control
- Dog poo – bag it and bin it
Enjoy the outdoors
- Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
- Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures