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Local authority access contacts

Walkers on the woodland trail at Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond


Local authority and national park authority access officers

Each of Scotland's 32 local authorities employs at least one access officer, as do the two national park authorities of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms National Park. Together, these make up Scotland's 34 access authorities.

The access officers uphold access rights and facilitate access and should be your first port of call for any local access enquiry, question or problem. You can find their details in the document in the related links.

Recreation organisations

For activity-specific queries or problems, please contact the organisations below:

Other organisations with access interests

Defence Estates - manage Ministry of Defence lands

Scottish Land and Estates represent owners of land and rural businesses.

Scottish Outdoor Access Network (SOAN) brings together over 200 people across Scotland who work on outdoor access and related issues.

Forestry Commission Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage also has access advisors but they advise only in a more national context rather than individual cases.

Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (Scotways)