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Responsible Access in the Cairngorms National Park

Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly. Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Whether you’re in the outdoors or managing the outdoors, the key things are to:
 • Take responsibility for your own actions
 • Respect the interests of other people
 • Care for the environment 

To find out more about the code click here

For up to date information on issues that might affect anyone heading into the National Park Click Here.

Fire Risk!

IMPORTANT: We have had a very long period of time with no heavy rain as well as extremely high temperatures. The forest and the peat that lies underneath is like a tinderbox – so a still smouldering cigarette, even resting a BBQ on the ground is setting light to natural fuel. Lighting anything is dangerous – there is no such thing as lighting just a small fire. This danger will continue until the ground is thoroughly soaked.

Always follow the advice of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which says: "Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. Heed all advice at times of high risk".

Visitors with Dogs

Scotland’s outdoors is a great place for dogs and owners. Walking the dog is good for your health and quality of life… enjoy your walk but remember you and your dog share the outdoors with others.

In the Cairngorms National Park different land owners have different rules on dog access so abide by any signs and use common sense respecting wild animals, birds, livestock and other people.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code suggests 9 points to help you take the lead:


>Don’t take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young animals.

>Don’t take your dog into fields of vegetables or fruit unless you are on a clear path, such as a core path or right of way, but keep your dog to the path.

>Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals

>If you go into a field of farm animals, keep as far as possible from the animals and keep your dog on a short lead or under close control.

>If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.

>During the bird breeding season (usually April to July), keep your dog under close control or on a short lead in areas such as moorland, forests, grassland, loch shores and the seashore.

>Pick up and remove your dog’s faeces if it fouls in a public open place or where there is a risk to farming interests.

>Some reservoirs and streams are used for public water supply. If there are intakes nearby, keep your dog out of the water.

>In recreation areas and other public places, avoid causing concern to others by keeping your dog under close control.


For more information see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code's Dog Walkers Area