Scotland enjoys some of the best access rights in the world. There is a right of access to most land and inland water in Scotland provided it is exercised responsibly. Our countryside regions are wonderful areas and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code sets out the principles of responsible access - namely, respecting the interests of other people, caring for the environment, and taking responsibility for your own actions.
Landowners and land managers welcome responsible enjoyment of Scotland’s outdoors. SLE works with members to increase the public understanding of land management activities and to encourage responsible behaviour by access takers.
SLE is a full member of the National Access Forum (NAF), established by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to advise on national issues linked to Scottish access rights.