Outdoor Access Code

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Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Enjoy the nature responsibly

In 2003 the Scottish parliament has passed the Land Reform (Scotland) Act. Part of it gives people the right to responsible access to the wilds of Scotland. At Unexplored Scotland, we always follow the outdoor access code and promote its ethics to all our clients.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code


Access Facts – Enjoy the nature

In Scotland, we have the right to responsible access.

  • Responsible access for walking, mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, etc. (non-motorised)
  • Responsible for wild camping (except Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park)
  • Leave no Trace Campfires

Responsibilities – For everyone’s enjoyment

Responsible access to the Scottish countryside has not only rights but also responsibilities.

  • Non-motorised access only (walking, mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, etc.)
  • Respect other users of the outdoors
  • Be responsible
  • Respect purpose-built trails
  • Leave nature the way you found it (gates, camping areas etc.)
  • Take all rubbish with you, even biodegradable waste
  • Wild camping away from houses and roads. Should be out of sight of any dwellings.
  • Campfires should be small and according to Leave No Trace ethics

Find trips and courses where we responsibly access the wilds of Scotland

Sea Kayaking Scotland
Winter Mountaineering Scotland
Hillwalking Scotland
River Kayaking Scotland