We are privileged in Scotland to have such a vast and beautiful playground for our passion.
One of the great things that aids us is the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) that came from it. Please familiarize yourselves with the SOAC – links below.
One of the key messages that we must all understand is that “People only have these rights if they exercise them responsibly by respecting people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland’s environment. “.
Key excerpts from the code:
“The Code is based on three key principles and these apply equally to the public and to land managers.
Respect the interests of other people. Acting with courtesy, consideration and awareness is very important. If you are exercising access rights, make sure that you respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living or working in the outdoors, and the needs of other people enjoying the outdoors. If you are a land manager, respect people’s use of the outdoors and their need for a safe and enjoyable visit.
Care for the environment. If you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it. If you are a land manager, help maintain the natural and cultural features which make the outdoors attractive to visit and enjoy.
Take responsibility for your own actions. If you are exercising access rights, remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others. If you are a land manager, act with care at all times for people’s safety.”
It is important to note that vehicular access is outwith the framework of the SOAC. However, the club is also fortunate in having good relations with land-owners in relation to vehicular access to some sites.
Over the course of the year other land users / stake-holders have justifiable seasonal concerns / interests. These include, but are not limited to lambing; grouse/pheasant shoots & deer stalking; nesting periods for birds of special interest; crop farming etc.
At all times it is worth remembering that courtesy costs nothing and we are significantly more visible than other outdoor recreational land users. We are all ambassadors for our sport.