The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003
The act establishes a statutory right of responsible access to land and inland waters for:
- outdoor recreation
- crossing land
- some educational and commercial purposes
The Act sets out where and when access rights apply. Access to the countryside is contained in part 1, chapters 1-6 of this act.
Permitted activities include:
- walking – find paths near you
- cycling – find some cycling routes on and off road in our region
- horse riding – find some horse riding routes in our region
- water sports
Core paths plan
Under chapter 5 (section 17) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 we had a duty to create a core paths plan.
This system of paths includes:
- Rights of way
- Paths, footways, footpaths and cycle tracks
- Other routes or waterways
You can view the core paths plan on our map.
Local Access Forum
Local access forums are statutory advisory bodies which aim to deliver a balanced representation of land managers, participants in outdoor access, communities and public agencies.
The aim of the forum is to provide advice on outdoor access in the Scottish Borders to us and through us to other persons or bodies who wish to consult the forum.
- act as the local access forum for Scottish Borders and to undertake the functions of that body
- advise us on strategic access issues
- promote responsible access through the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
- promote the sharing of knowledge, awareness, and good practice in access
- offer us advice which will assist in resolving access problems.
The Scottish Borders access forum meets quarterly and you can view the most recent quarterly minutes.
Previous minutes are available from the Access team upon request.
Unfortunately some paths may be closed for short periods of time – before you go check for any path closures.