Outdoor access

Seasonal Access Rangers

In response to last summer’s issues with "dirty camping" in many Highland locations, where many communities and land managers were appalled at the behaviour of some of the visitors, The Highland Council has partnered with a number of organisations to develop a 17-person Seasonal Access Ranger team. The posts are part of The Highland Councils multi-service Visitor Management Plan and 7 ranger positions have been supported by NatureScots Better Places Green Recovery Fund working with Skye Connect, Wester Ross Biosphere, The Applecross Trust and Visit Inverness Loch Ness

Rangers will patrol sites and engage with visitors to ensure awareness of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, they will monitor use and report incidents to the relevant Council teams or emergency services.

The rangers will also carry out duties to keep tidy, maintain and manage Council-owned sites, core paths and work with communities and land managers on other sites to protect the habitats and respect for the landscape. Where possible, the rangers will work with local volunteers to engage with visitors.

The team can be contacted by email at accessrangers@highland.gov.uk

or by phoning the Senior Rangers on