The codes

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.

Find out more: Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Part 3 Exercising Access Rights Responsibly

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