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
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
Welcome to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website
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 dog walker, hill walker, mountain biker, horse rider or kayaker, there is information for you and much more.
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.