Enjoy the Outdoors – Responsibly
Our hard won access rights are world leading, but they come with responsibilities for both access takers and land managers. Make sure you know and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. You may want to download our leaflet Public Access in Scotland – Know Your Rights too.
Most of the time, you will not experience any problems when you are out and about, but what happens when you do? Problems could include missing or damaged signs, obstructions on the path, or a deterrent to access, such as unwelcoming signs or obstructive land managers. If you do find a problem, here’s what to do:
1. Note the exact nature and location of the problem with grid references and take pictures. Do you think it is deliberate?
2. How long it has been there?
3. Who is affected? Everybody, or just one group of users, e.g. horse riders.
4. Contact the relevant local authority or National Park authority. Explain the issue to them and await their response.
5. Contact ScotWays if you have further queries about the route and/or access rights.
You may wish to follow-up the issue with other interested bodies, such as a local paths group, community council or local politicians.
Keep an eye on our signs
If you pass one of our signs on your travels, why not take a moment to carry out a quick inspection and tell us about it? Find out how on our signposting page.
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Come and see us!
Attend any online events we have and drop by for a chat when you see us at events again. We love to meet our members and supporters, whether it’s virtually or in person.