Vehicle Access

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 establishes a right of responsible non-motorised access to land throughout Scotland with few exceptions, for recreational, educational and some commercial purposes.

The outdoor access team love to see people getting out and enjoying Shetland’s outdoors spaces. However, recently we have been dealing with a number of issues of vehicles accessing land.

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Access rights in Scotland do not include motorised activities which include things such as motor biking and scrambling or off-road driving. These activities still require the permission of the relevant land owner or manager.

Access rights, however, do extend to a person with a disability who is using a motorised vehicle that has been built or adapted for use by that person.

To access any land with a vehicle you must have the land manager’s permission and be aware of any environmental or scientific designations a site may have that could prohibit accessing it with a vehicle.

More information can be found on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at: NatureScot (

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