Outdoor access

Access rights

COVID-19 and Access Rights (updated 4 May 2021)

The public right of responsible access continues to apply during the COVID-19 situation. The Highland Council and Scottish Government acknowledge that such recreation is important to people's physical and mental wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis.  

The Highland Council entered Protection Level 3 on the 26 April 2021 as the process of easing restrictions starts across Scotland.

  • You may meet outdoors with upto 6 people from 6 households
  • You can undertake outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, walking, cycling, golf, or running.
  • You can travel anywhere in Scotland and can stay in holiday accommodation
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control, do not let them approach others and as always pick up and remove all waste

Read The Scottish Government Covid-19 Protection Levels for the full guidance.

Further guidance for access takers and land managers is available on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code has been produced by Scottish Natural Heritage to give guidance on your responsibilities when exercising access rights. It outlines the 3 key principles of responsible access:

  • Respect the interests of other people
  • Care for the environment
  • Take responsibility for your own actions

Our Access Team delivers services throughout the Highlands, with the exception of the area contained within the boundaries of the Cairngorm National Park.

For further information or advice contact the Access Team.

Outdoor Highlands

We provide information on paths and access opportunities in Highland, including Long Distance Routes through Outdoor Highlands.