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Dog walkers ©Lorne Gill/SNHStalker and family hillwalking with Heading for the Scottish Hills logo © Lorne Gill/SNHFishermen fly fishing © LorneGill/SNHJess the dog

Taking the Lead is new 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. Read more

Attention all hillwalkers - check where stag stalking is taking place and on what dates on the Heading for the Scottish Hills pages

See what's going on in the countryside this month in the Countryside Calendar - August

Have you heard Jess on the radio recently? She's got some great advice for dog walkers and you can listen to it again and find out more on the dog walking 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.