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Jess the dogPotato harvesting, Perthshire, Tayside ©Lorne Gill/SNHDog walkers ©Lorne Gill/SNHStanley Walking Group. March 2014. ©Lorne Gill/SNHCommercial Dog Walkers near the Falkirk Wheel © Lorne Gill/SNH

It's still lambing season so please be extra vigilant when walking your dog. For the best advice for walking in the countryside at this time of year and to watch the new videos featuring four Scottish sheep farmers, visit the dog walking page

Find out what is happening in the countryside in June

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

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.  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 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.

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.