Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

To appreciate the scenery get out and breathe the fresh air

There's never been a better time to experience the natural beauty of Scotland and the best way to experience it is to get out and walk. Scotland’s outdoors is stunning and accessible  for active pursuits and is the perfect stage for sporting events, other outdoors events and festivals

You can help preserve the environment by choosing accommodation providers with green policies, exploring the landscape by foot or by bike, and making the most of resources in local communities.

Scotland’s dramatic landscape, islands and coastal areas are home to a vast array of flora and fauna where you can observe the wildlife in their natural habitats.

Scotland's Right to Roam

Right to Roam Know the Code

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Scotland is a walkers and ramblers paradise. We have one of the best arrangements in Europe for public access to land and inland water for our citizens and visitors. You have the right to be on most land and water for recreation, education and for going from place to place providing you act responsibly. These rights and responsibilities are explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Access rights apply to any non-motorised activities, including walking, cycling, horse-riding and wild camping

Your Access Rights In Scotland

Everyone can enjoy Scotland's outdoor access rights. In summary, some of the main features of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 are:

Everyone has the statutory right of access
Access rights apply to all land and inland waters, unless excluded
Access rights are for outdoor recreation, for crossing land and water, and for some educational and commercial purposes
Exercising access rights, and managing access land, must be done responsibly.

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Support Mountain Rescue

Mountain Rescue in Scotland is the responsibility of the Police. In the Highlands of Scotland the police do not have the manpower to carry out mountain rescues and hence the responsibility of mountain rescue is devolved to civilian mountain rescue teams.

Mountain Rescue Teams are registered charities and rely heavily on public donations to assist with annual running costs. Give them your support

Your life may depend on them

If you do require assistance dial 999 ask for MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back!

At all times your safety is paramount 

(see FAQ- Weather & Health & Safety)

Scottish Youth Hostels are ideally located for
hillwalking. Great facilities and great atmosphere. Easy to join

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