Managing access and recreation
All management for access and recreation should be guided by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. If you want to attract visitors to features on your land or expand the recreation provision you already have, advice can be obtained from the following sources. Your local or National Parks authority access officer will also be able to offer help and advice.
Informal camping in the countryside can create opportunities and challenges for the land or recreation manager. This advice clarifies each party's roles and responsibilities within the legal position.
The following publication can help you plan for recreation users:
- Public Access and Land Management including Case Studies promotes a planned approach that supports recreational users in exercising their right of responsible access and land managers to continue earning their living from the countryside.
Using signs can be an easy way to tell people about:
- land management operations
- path changes
- where to go
- responsible behaviour
- natural hazards
Advice on wording, siting signs and working with visitors are contained in the publication Signage Guidance For Farmers and Other Land Managers and you can use our templates for land management signs .
Signage Guidance for Outdoor Access offers comprehensive advice on what to say, where to say it and how to create signs including designs, installation tips and detailed specifications for construction.
If you manage deer stalking you can give walkers advanced warning of your plans and advise them of alternative routes on your land by using the Heading for the Scottish Hills web page.
Managing access and recreation for freshwater
Riparian access and recreation management should also be guided by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. You can find further information in Using Inland Water Responsibly: Guidance for All Water Users .
Managing coastal and marine access and recreation
Combining different recreational uses of coastal areas can involve careful planning and management especially where motorised and non-motorised recreational interests share the resource. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides guidance on coastal access management.
The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code gives advice on how best to watch wildlife at sea or on the coast responsibly in the marine environment.