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Walkers boots and wellies on a gravel path at Taynish NNR, Argyll.

We all know that being in the outdoors is great for our health and wellbeing and walking can be a key part of this.

Whatever your walking interest, whether it's straight from your front door to walk locally, or further afield in the fantastic Scottish countryside, hills or mountains, there are some key organisations and plenty of information to help you on your way.

What will you use as your inspiration? A guide book, a map, tourist information leaflet, an app for your mobile phone? Some ideas can be found on the Scottish Natural Heritage website.

The Access Code says:

You can exercise access rights for:

  • recreational purposes (such as pastimes, family and social activities, and more active pursuits like horse riding, cycling, wild camping and taking part in events)
  • educational purposes (concerned with furthering a person's understanding of the natural and cultural heritage)
  • some commercial purposes (where the activities are the same as those done by the general public), and
  • for crossing over land or water.

The three key principles of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code are:

  • Respect the interests of other people
  • Care for the environment
  • Take responsibility for your own actions