Useful Information

To get the most out of your visit to a National Park, ask the Holiday Site Manager at your chosen Club Site for details of walks, cycle routes and activities in the area or pick up the information leaflets in the Site office.

Each National Park has a number of Information Centres within the park with knowledgeable staff or you can go the National Parks website before your visit to find the information you want or to purchase maps and guide books.

Recognise the signs

Different types of paths allow different activities in National Parks. Here’s a quick guide.

Open access land

This symbol (Pic) means walkers don’t have to stick to a path on this land. Horse riders, cyclists and vehicles are usually not permitted. Dogs may be walked on access land but are required to be kept on a lead between 1 March and 31 July or if any livestock is nearby. Any other temporary restrictions in place will be highlighted with additional signs.


These are identified by blue markers. Horse riders, walkers and cyclist may use these but cyclists should give way to other users.

Public Byway

Identified by red markers, these routes are open to all traffic but mainly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

National Trails

Identified by an acorn symbol, National Trails combine footpaths, bridleways and minor roads, and can be used by walkers along the whole route and by horse riders and cyclists along parts of the route where marked.

 In Scotland everyone has the right to access most land and inland water, providing they act responsibly. Paths may not be signposted, but will be shown on OS maps.

Find out more by viewing the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Respect the countryside

Whenever you are out and about in the countryside take care to respect the land you are on and observe any rules that are in place. Always use the countryside code (see below) and keep dogs on a lead or under close control at all times. Enjoy the countryside but leave it as you found it, for others to enjoy.

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