Scottish Rights of Way & Access Society
Safeguarding access to the Scottish countryside for all
Scotland has new and forward-looking legislation for public access to land, set out in Part 1 of the Land
Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which came into force in February 2005. This legislation gives the public wide-ranging statutory rights of access to land and inland water throughout Scotland. It builds on the Scottish traditions of access, on the network of long-established rights of way, and on other existing rights. The result is a modern approach to access which is among the best in Europe.