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Jess the dogCows and Calves © Lorne Gill/SNH

Lambing season is well under way so be extra vigilant when out walking. Avoid causing sheep to run as this could cause pregnant ewes to abort their unborn lambs. For advice on safe walking with your dog at this time of year and to watch videos featuring four Scottish sheep farmers, visit the dog walking page

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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.