Outdoor access

Access rights

You have the right to be on most land and inland water for recreation, education and going from place to place, provided you act responsibly.

We have a duty to uphold access rights, to plan a network of core paths and to set up a Local Access Forum. We also have a duty to promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code so that everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Modified Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended

We are proposing some modifications to the amended core paths plan (Caithness and Sutherland) that was published in December 2017.   The Modified Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended will be published on the 26 April 2019.

You can view the amended plan and also to make representations and objections on our consultation portal. Representations are being accepted up to 5pm on 31 May 2019. 

These modifications are in the published plan with a unique reference number and name.  Objections and representations should indicate a proposed modification by the reference numbers and be used in any response.

We are using the portal for your comments and representations to make sure feedback is specific and to help us keep in touch about future consultations related to this topic. 

Other ways to comment on the plan

  • Email representations to access@highland.gov.uk 
  • Post to The Highland Council, Development and Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, INVERNESS, IV3 5NX

Modified Core Paths Plan (Caithness and Sutherland) Amended

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.

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