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

Going outdoors

From Friday 29 May, as we enter Phase 1 of the lockdown plan, the Scottish Government has relaxed some of the rules.

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 one other household as long as the group remains small (no more than eight people).

The Government continues to urge you to stay at home and, again, it is 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

Our NNR visitor centres and toilets remain closed. As part of a phased opening, some of our nature reserve car parks can be accessed by locals. Follow the latest updates on your reserve Facebook page.

If you are using our NNRs to exercise, it is crucial to keep it local and follow physical distancing guidelines.

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

Find out more

Access to the outdoors during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: Latest update from our Chief Executive, Francesca Osowska - 24th March

Public facilities closed on National Nature Reserves

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

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