Policy & Lobbying
Outdoor Recreation
Scotland’s world beating rural landscapes and natural heritage has long been a major draw for its own people and for its visitors alike. The activities that take place in Scotland’s great outdoors are varied and plentiful. Activities range from the traditional, such as stalking, shooting and fishing, to quiet pursuits such as hillwalking and nature watching to the newer adrenalin sports such as mountain biking and snowboarding.

This presents both opportunities and challenges for those who own and manage these special places. 

Scottish Land & Estates’s policy position is as follows:
  • Scottish Land & Estates works through the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group to promote traditional sporting pursuits to new audiences.
  • Scottish Land & Estates works in partnership with other relevant organizations and government agencies to find new and innovative solutions for the successful management of competing interests.
  • Scottish Land & Estates promotes and supports the development of new outdoor recreation business opportunities for members.

Developing outdoor recreation opportunities is a key component of our access work.

    Information Sheets

    • 14/06/2016 - OR 02 - Hutting
      This information sheet provides an overview of Hutting in Scotland including Planning Guidance.
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    • 27/11/2012 - OR01 Information Sheet: Bothies
      Bothies are often the unlocked remains of abandoned remote huts or cottages, providing no more than basic overnight shelter. They have a long tradition in Scotland and are still greatly valued by those who wish to explore the remoter parts of the country by foot, bike or kayak. Indeed, a bothy can be a life-saver if the weather
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