Accessing our parks and greenspace

Enjoying parks responsibly

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 introduced new access rights to most land throughout Scotland. The Act and the accompanying Scottish Outdoor Access Code set out how to enjoy the outdoors and manage land responsibly. Users of Edinburgh's parks and greenspaces are expected to enjoy them responsibly.

Access Rights are fully explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Management rules for parks and green spaces

The Council has a duty under the Land Reform Act to uphold and promote access rights. To do this and ensure park users behave responsibly, we have introduced management rules for public parks and green spaces. View the management rules for public parks and green space below.  

Core paths

Core paths can be rights of way, signposted paths, cycle tracks, footways, or any other routes that provide the public with access to places they want to go. They form the basic system of paths around the city. 

One of the key duties of the Land Reform Act is to produce a core path plan. View Edinburgh's core path plan below. 

View the map showing Edinburgh's core paths below.

To find out more about core paths, or access to paths, parks and green space, please contact the Access officer. 
outdooraccess@edinburgh.gov.uk

Professional dog walkers

Professional dog walkers need permission to use the Council's parks and green space.

Find out more, and register as a professional dog walker

Outdoor fitness instructors

Outdoor fitness trainers who charge for their services need permission to use the Council's parks and green space.

Find out more, and register as an outdoor fitness trainer.

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