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Kintyre Way in Argyll
A burn cascades into the Moness George on the Birks of Aberfeldy Walk, Perthshire
Taking a break at the beach at Northton
Sir Walter Scott's View in the Scottish Borders
Make sure you know the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go out walking so you can enjoy the great outdoors responsibly.
Scotland has had a long-standing tradition of access to open country, however from February 2005, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code came into operation.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code sets out your access rights and responsibilities and allows everyone to enjoy a statutory right of responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. This legislation doesn't just cover walking but also other activities such as canoeing, horse riding, wild camping and mountain biking and potentially gives Scotland the best framework for access in Europe.
Know the Code before you go
Everyone has the right to be on most land and water in Scotland. These access rights and responsibilities are explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The key things to remember are:
Take personal responsibility for your own actions and act safely
Respect people's privacy and peace of mind
Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
Care for your environment, take your litter home and don't disturb wildlife
Keep your dog under proper control
Take extra care if you’re organising an event or running a business.
If you're managing the outdoors
Respect access rights
Act reasonably when asking people to avoid land management operations
Work with your local authority and others to help integrate access and land management
Respect rights of way and customary access.
Deer stalking season
There is a particular need to cooperate with land managers during the deer stalking season. There should be no need for a total ban on access during the stalking period - alternative access should almost always be available to the same destination.
Head for the Scottish Hills (HFTSH) web service provides more information on deer stalking activities including maps of the areas covered. In addition, deer stalking activities are not normally carried out on a Sunday.