Safe & responsible walking

In Scotland, we’re lucky to be surrounded by wonderful outdoor environments that are perfect for everyone to get active in.

Walkers in the Cairngorms

Scotland’s world class access rights, if exercised responsibly, mean that we can take advantage of these environments to get active, get healthy and get happy.

Before heading out to enjoy what Scotland has to offer, you should make sure you know your rights and responsibilities when accessing our countryside.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code sets out how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is based on three key principles.

  1. Respect the interests of other people
  2. Care for the environment
  3. Take responsibility for your own actions

You can read the code in full here.

At Paths for All, we promote the maintenance and development of welcoming, safe and fit for purpose multi-use paths. This means paths are accessible for a whole range of users including walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and wheelchair users.

It is important for locals and visitors alike to treat our outdoor environments with respect and care to allow everyone living in and visiting Scotland to enjoy our beautiful landscape to the full.

For information on staying safe on longer walks, visit Ramblers top tips on safety.