Outdoor Access and Core Paths

Outdoor Access Guidance

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Enjoy your trips out – and care for Shetland’s wildlife

Shetland Islands Council has produced a leaflet aimed at both residents and visitors, which answers some of the most common questions around the Scottish Outdoor Access Code in Shetland.

The leaflet has links to useful websites and online resources, and gives brief guidance on, for example, how to walk your dog, camp, and enjoy Shetland’s landscape responsibly and without causing upset to the islands’ wildlife, or to local landowners and crofters. 

You can view the leaflet here: Outdoor Access Guidance

Water Safety – stay safe in the outdoors

Shetland Community Safety & Resilience group have produced a guidance leaflet on water safety and who to contact if you see someone in trouble or need assistance yourself.

You can view the leaflet by clicking on the following pdf link: Shetland Water Safety



Outdoor Access Officer
Shetland Islands Council 
8 North Ness Business Park 
Lerwick, Shetland 

If you have any queries, please email the Outdoor Access Officer via outdooraccess@shetland.gov.uk or telephone 01595 744 169