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

Going outdoors

We are in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s lockdown plan.

It’s important that you keep following the rules on meeting other households, physical distancing and hygiene.

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 our nature reserves, car parks and facilities are open.

When you are using our NNRs, please follow physical distancing guidelines.

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

Accessing local greenspaces

Government guidance allows a range of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling, horse riding, water sports, 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 one other household at a time, as long as the group is no larger than 6 people and physical distancing is maintained. Larger groups are permissible for some organised outdoor activities/sports subject to guidance produced by the relevant governing bodies, including a named COVID officer, documented risk assessments and appropriate mitigating measures.

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

NHS Scotland Test and Protect

NHS Scotland Protect Scotland App

Access to the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak

Our National Nature Reserves - visiting and volunteering for each reserve

Key Contacts

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