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Responsible access in the outdoors

In Scotland we enjoy some of the most enlightened access opportunities in the world.

Mountaineering Scotland is proud to have been involved in the development of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and we continue to promote the rights and responsibilities of hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and snowsport tourers.  

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives full details of the rights and responsibilities for those taking access and for landowners and managers and we   work closely with partners to seek improvements and address local issues.

Access rights & responsibilities

Our right of access to most land and inland water in Scotland is enshrined by law, but it is important to remember that the right only exists if you are acting responsibly.

 Read more about your rights and responsibilities

Reporting issues

You may occasionally come across problems whilst out on the hills.   If you think it infringes your right of access, please let us know

How to report access issues

Minimal impact

If you are passionate about caring for the mountain environment we all enjoy and supporting Scotland's mountain communities, follow our advice in this handy leaflet.

Download our leaflet

Deer stalking

During the stag stalking season (1st July to 20th October) and the hind stalking season (21st October to 15th February) extra care should be taken to avoid disturbance. Find out where to get local access information to help plan your days on the hill.

Advice for the stalking season

Birds and nesting

During the bird nesting season (approximately February to July) climbing and walking activities can disturb birds who are scoping nest sites or those with eggs or chicks. Read more about how you can avoid this and stay on the right side of the law.

Advice and crag updates

Special arrangements

In some areas special access arrangements have been achieved, or limitations imposed. At Strathfarrar an agreement has been reached to allow motorised access to a private road, but in the Loch Lomond area camping limitations have been imposed.

Learn more about these cases

We thank the BMC and SMT for their financial support for our access work.