Uist wader project officer , Benbecula, Western Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot


Local authority and national park authority access officers.

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.

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.

Scottish Forestry

NatureScot 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)

Contact NatureScot

NatureScot's head office address and contact details are below. 

Great Glen House
Leachkin Road
Inverness IV3 8NW

Tel: 01463 725000  E-mail us at recreation and access
Web: www.nature.scot

Area offices across the country.