Woman standing looking at view of beach, Hound Point, Queensferry

Going outdoors

We are in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s lockdown plan.

You are now allowed to do a wider range of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling, canoeing, golf, angling, picnics or sitting in the park, either alone or with members of the same household. You can also spend time outdoors with people from two other households as long as the group remains small (no more than eight people).

Try to travel by foot or cycle. It’s important that you keep following physical distancing and hygiene rules.

Exercising Rights of Access Responsibly

Please continue to exercise rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Respect the health and safety of farmers and others working on the land – please follow reasonable requests and signs to avoid farmyards, fields with livestock and other busy working areas. Try to avoid touching surfaces and if possible plan a route that avoids gates.

It's important people walking dogs act responsibly, take notice of signs and keep dogs under control – put them on a lead or keep them close at heel and don't let them approach other people/livestock.

Land managers should continue to respect access rights which are very important at this difficult time.

This is a temporary situation. It isn't about restricting rights, but part of the effort to prevent COVID19 deaths 

National Nature Reserves

On National Nature Reserve car parks are open, but many public toilets and visitor centres remain closed. Please plan your visit with this in mind.

If you are using our NNRs, please keep it local and follow physical distancing guidelines.

Take a virtual tour of our NNRs with our podcast series.

Current guidance on accessing local greenspaces

The current guidance is that parks and greenspaces are open for unrestricted exercise with physical distancing. People are permitted to use public outdoor spaces for recreational purposes, for example, to sit in a public space or sunbathe in a park. Stand-alone facilities or communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds, sports pitches and public gardens can also now open.

Scottish Government has published Safer Public Spaces for Scotland: Urban Centres and Green Space for owners and operators of public spaces. The guidance document focuses on design principles for safer urban centres and greenspaces in Scotland during the coronavirus crisis.

Find out more

Access to the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak

Public facilities closed on National Nature Reserves

Scotland's National Nature Reserves - visiting and volunteering for each reserve

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