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Outdoor Access

Dogs admire the view over Aberdeen.


Visitors and residents in Aberdeen have many opportunities for accessing the outdoors in and around the City. From award winning parks to riverside walks, a coastal path, forest trails and informal routes throughout the farmland and settlements around the City, there's plenty to see and do outside.

We are working on improving opportunities for access in line with the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. This Act introduced new rights and responsibilities for the public and for land managers in terms of outdoor access. This means that as long as behaviour is responsible, i.e. respecting the interests of other people, caring for the environment and taking responsibility for your own actions, you can enjoy access to almost all land and inland water. Guidance on where these rights apply and exactly what is meant by 'responsible behaviour', for both access takers and land managers, is provided in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Aberdeen City Council has a statutory duty to assert and protect public access rights on land and inland waters where access rights may be reasonable exercised. If you have any questions about the extent of public access rights or if you would like to report an obstruction to your access rights then please contact us through the details below. We encourage parties involved in access issues to initially discuss the problem and try and find a solution themselves before contacting the Council. Providing us with photographs of the problem (with details of the dates when photographs were taken), a map or grid reference of the location of the problem and contact details for the responsibility parties (if you know them) can all help to with our investigations.

You can also choose to raise your issues with the Aberdeen Outdoor Access Forum


  • Outdoor Access
    Planning and Sustainable Development
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 4
    Ground Floor North
    Marischal College
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 522014 or 01224 523316