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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.