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.  

Download the management rules for parks and greenspaces (PDF - 118.5KB)

Core paths

Core paths can be

  • rights of way
  • signposted paths 
  • cycle tracks
  • footways
  • 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 and map of core paths below. Alternatively, interactive core path mapping can be viewed using the Council atlas.

In the Atlas, core paths can be shown by selecting the layer list which is the middle icon in the top right hand corner and then selecting the operational layers / atlas / transport / core paths option.

Download the Edinburgh core paths plan (PDF - 6.28MB)

Download the map of Edinburgh's core paths (PDF - 5.64MB)

To find out more about core paths, or access to paths, parks and green space, please contact the Access officer

Local Access Forum

Edinburgh's Local Access Forums (LAF) is an advisory body established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.  They advise the Local Access Authority, as well as other individuals and organisations, on access rights. They

  • offer assistance in resolving access disputes
  • advise on the existence and delineation of rights of way
  • assist with the production of Edinburgh's Core Paths Plan.

Members of the LAF are appointed by the Access Authority and represent four main groups

  • recreational users
  • landowners and managers
  • community groups
  • local or national organisations

and as such ensure a balance of land management and recreational interests are present on the LAF.

Edinburgh's LAF meets approximately once every six months.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the forum or becoming a member then please contact

Commercial 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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