A Right To Responsible Access

As the weather improves and more people are getting out and about the outdoor access team want to highlight how to enjoy your access rights responsibly.

Scotland has some of the most progressive access rights in the world. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 establishes public access rights to most land and inland water. This includes moorland, woods, grassland, fields, paths and tracks, rivers and lochs, the coast and most parks and open spaces.

The land reform act states ‘a person has access rights only if they are exercised responsibly’.

To access land responsibly follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The key principles of the code are:

• Respect the interests of others.

• Care for the environment.

• Take responsibility for your own actions.

More details about enjoying your access responsibly can be found in this video:


If you have any queries, please email the Outdoor Access Officer via outdooraccess@shetland.gov.uk or telephone 01595 744 169 or visit Outdoor Access and Core Paths – Shetland Islands Council


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