Access Rights for Cyclists' in Scotland

Access rights for the cyclist (The Right to Roam)

Scotland’s access rights and the cyclist – You will be pleased to know that Scotland has a modern access framework, the best in Britain and one, which many other countries would like to aspire to. The access code covers walkers, cyclists and other outdoor users.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 enshrines the right of responsible access to the countryside with exclusion only to such areas as residential property, other non-residential buildings with associated land and military installations.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code The principles of the code is "Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly." The code is a freely available government code of practice, which details the dos and don’ts. To download your copy Access Rights document  as a quick rule of thumb the cyclist is allowed on unsurfaced and unclassified roads, byways, and forestry commission tracks.

Along with rights there are always responsibilities we recommend you down load Off-Road Cycling good practice advice, The leaflet explains the key points of the Scottish Access Code for off-road cycling and provides additional advice from Scottish Cycling and CTC Scotland (the organisation devoted to campaigning for better cycling provision by providing education and advice on a wide range of cycling issues).

Stalking is an important part of Highland economy, in terms of income and also controlling the Red Deer population.

Here we give you the Top 10  tips for responsible cyclists during the stalking season. As a general rule for the majority of estates the peak stalking time is from August to October. But more specifically the Stag Stalking Season is from 1 July to 20 October and the Hind Stalking Season is from 21 October to 15 February. 

1. Take reasonable steps to find out where stalking is taking place and change your route if asked to do so. (You might see notices put up on well used paths advising you to keep clear that day, please respect the advice given.) – If you want to try and find out if there is any stalking planned on your chosen route prior to you setting out for the day, alas there is no general telephone number or web site that will give you all the information. But try www.snh.org.uk/hillphones/tips.asp but this doesn't cover all estates or areas.
2. Follow advice given in Hillphone messages, Deer Management Group http://www.deer-management.co.uk/ leaflets, notices at parking places or by estate staff that you meet
3. Consult Estates about plans particularly if in a large organised group. There is no easy way to get estate details/information on all Highland Perthshire Estates and their phone numbers. People can usually get contact information from the local shops etc.
4. Use established hill paths
5. Follow prominent mountain ridges
 6. Follow main watercourses when descending open hillsides
7. Avoid cutting down through corries
8. Keep dogs on a lead if stalking is in operation
9. Keep voices to reasonable levels as sound carries in the hills
10. Avoid wild camping in corries if stalking planned for following day

Please respect the need for others who survive by making a living in our Highland Perthshire hills and glens.
 


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