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Tractor and Harrow preparing soil for planting © Lorne Gill/SNHStanley Walking Group. March 2014. ©Lorne Gill/SNHDog walkers ©Lorne Gill/SNHCommercial Dog Walkers near the Falkirk Wheel © Lorne Gill/SNH

Find out what's happening in the countryside this month, there's particular advice for dog walkers in February's countryside calendar

The Agri-Environment Climate (AEC) Access Scheme is for funding to improve public access. The second round of applications is open between 21 March and 31 May 2016 inclusive. Read more

Taking the Lead is guidance to help farmers, crofters, land owners, access managers and others identify and implement effective mechanisms to encourage responsible dog walking and reduce the negative impacts of dog walking on wildlife, game, farming, crofting and others enjoying the outdoors. The publication contains lots of practical advice and case studies. Read more

Whether you're a local authority access officer or even someone thinking about starting a dog walking business there will be some useful information in these two publications for you. Find out more about how to create positive opportunities to engage with commercial dog walkers on the working with commercial dog walkers page

Welcome to the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code website

We have a fresh new look which we hope you'll enjoy along with many improved functions such as the drop down menus, search and responsiveness if you're using this on a mobile or portable device. 

This is the place to find out more about everyone's access rights and responsibilities in Scotland’s outdoors. Access rights in Scotland apply to most land and inland water.

If you’re a member of the public wanting to enjoy some fresh air in a local park, or a hill walker or mountain biker exploring further afield, there is information for you.

Scotland’s outdoors is managed by a variety of people and organisations and many of them earn their living from the land. It is all of our responsibilities to respect each other’s activities and interests in the outdoors.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code ebook

Use the EPUB icon to download the ebook from your phone, the MOBI icon for Kindle and the PDF icon if you're on a desktop computer or tablet.