Local authority access contacts
Local authority and national park authority access officers
Each of Scotland's 32 local authorities employs at least one access officer, as do the two national park authorities of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms National Park. Together, these make up Scotland's 34 access authorities.
The access officers uphold access rights and facilitate access and should be your first port of call for any local access enquiry, question or problem. You can find their details in the document in the related links.
For activity-specific queries or problems, please contact the organisations below:
- Hill walking and mountaineering - Mountaineering Scotland (previously the Mountaineering Council of Scotland)
- Walking - Ramblers Scotland
- Canoeing and kayaking - The Scottish Canoe Association
- Horse riding - British Horse Society Scotland
- Mountain biking - Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (hosted by Scottish Cycling)
Other organisations with access interests
Defence Estates - manage Ministry of Defence lands
Scottish Land and Estates represent owners of land and rural businesses.
Scottish Outdoor Access Network (SOAN) brings together over 200 people across Scotland who work on outdoor access and related issues.
Scottish Natural Heritage also has access advisors but they advise only in a more national context rather than individual cases.