Footpaths around Edderton
To help understand the public right of access, the following is reproduced:
Scottish Outdoor Access Code 2005
Public access to Scotland’s outdoor environment
People’s rights and responsibilities
Statutory access rights and responsibilities
Scotland’s outdoors, extending from the parks and open spaces in towns to remote and wild areas of land and water in the Highlands, provides great opportunities for open-air recreation and education. Open-air recreation provides people with great benefits for their health and well-being and contributes to the good of society in many other ways. Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone statutory access rights to most land and inland water. However, people only have these rights if they exercise them responsibly by respecting people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland’s environment. Equally, land managers have to manage their land and water responsibly in relation to access rights.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising access rights and of those managing land and water. By doing so, the Code provides a practical guide to help everyone make informed decisions about what best to do in everyday situations.
The Code is based on three key principles and these apply equally to the public and to land managers.
(1) Respect the interests of other people
Acting with courtesy, consideration and awareness is most important. If you are exercising access rights, make sure that you respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living or working in the outdoors, and the needs of other people enjoying the outdoors. If you are a land manager, respect people’s use of the outdoors and their need for a safe and enjoyable visit.
(2) Care for the environment
If you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it. If you are a land manager, help maintain the natural and cultural features that make the outdoors attractive to visit and enjoy.
(3) Take responsibility for your own actions
If you are exercising access rights, remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others. If you are a land manager, act with care at all times for people’s safety.
More detailed information is available at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
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