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HORSE SENSE: Equestrian access in Scotland

Scottish access rights apply to most land and inland water. Whether you’re enjoying the fresh air in a local park, walking the dog, hillwalking, mountain biking, horse riding or kayaking you need to know about your access rights and responsibilities. Scotland’s outdoors is managed by a variety of organisations and BHS Scotland carries out this task on behalf horse riders by providing an advocacy service and sitting on the National Access Forum.

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, horse riders and carriage drivers enjoy equal rights of access as walkers, cyclists and other non-motorised users to most land and inland water, day or night, provided that they exercise their rights responsibly. Land managers in turn are obliged to respect equestrian access rights and take proper account of the right of responsible access in managing their land.

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