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TO ROAM OR NOT TO ROAM? ACCESS RIGHTS IN SCOTLAND UNDER THE LAND REFORM (SCOTLAND) ACT 2003 AND THEIR APPLICATION TO GOLF CLUBS

Monday 10th of April 2017 09:00

TO ROAM OR NOT TO ROAM? ACCESS RIGHTS IN SCOTLAND UNDER THE LAND REFORM (SCOTLAND) ACT 2003 AND THEIR APPLICATION TO GOLF CLUBS

Part 1 of Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) provides a right of access across most land and inland waters in Scotland.  This has led to confusion as to where people are able to freely wander and/or use land for recreational purposes. This has particularly been the case in relation to golf courses. This briefing note considers the rights and restrictions laid out in the 2003 Act, along with the ancillary Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and how these specifically relate to people exercising these rights on or around golf courses.

What rights of access are there over land in Scotland?

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