Views wanted on Scottish Natural Heritage draft outdoor guidance

The document gives practical support to people such as event organisers and land managers

Scottish highlands
Scottish highlands

Scottish Natural Heritage is asking charities that organise outdoor events north of the border for feedback on the latest draft of its draft guidance on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Mark Wrightham, the secretary of the National Access Forum, which put the guidance together, said the document interpreted the principles of the code and gave practical support to people such as event organisers and land managers.

The latest guidance gives detailed suggestions on the time required to plan events of different sizes. These range from three to six months for a cycling event involving 25 to 50 people, to one or two years for a walking event that involves more than 200 people.

The draft says that in certain circumstances event organisers will need to obtain permission from land owners before holding an event. These circumstances include when new facilities such as toilets or car parking are required, or when an event might unreasonably interfere with other people's enjoyment.

Charities have until Christmas to provide their feedback by email to


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