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Countryside Good Practice Advice

Orkney's pristine countryside

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

The outdoors is where land managers make a living. It’s the home of Scotland’s diverse wildlife and is enjoyed by the many people who live there and visit it. You can exercise access rights responsibly if you:

  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind. When close to a house or garden, keep a sensible distance from the house, use a path or track if there is one, and take extra care at night
  • Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively . Do not hinder land management operations and follow advice from land managers. Respect requests for reasonable limitations on when and where you can go
  • Care for your environment. Do not disturb wildlife, leave the environment as you find it and follow a path or track if there is one
  • Keep your dog under proper control. Do not take it through fields of calves and lambs, and dispose of dog dirt
  • Take extra care if you are organising an event or running a business and ask the land owner’s advice.

Countryside good practice advice