Access in Scotland : Please remember, access legislation in Scotland is very different to legislation in England & Wales.
Safety and Public Access in Scotland
The Health and Safety Executive have published an Agriculture Information Sheet No. 17S entitled “Cattle and public access in Scotland”. It contains essentail information for land managers and users regarding public saftey and cattle.
Please download a copy of it here: Cattle and public access in Scotland, HSE Information Sheet
Wildlife, Livestock and Dogs
Much of the route passes through livestock farming areas. Please remember that a farmer’s livelihood may depend on the rearing and sale of livestock and always act accordingly.
Dogs can be a particular concern for farmers during lambing time (March – May) and when cows have young calves with them. This occurs mainly during the spring and autumn months however some farms do calf all year round. As mentioned earlier on this page, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides advice and legislation on access to the countryside, farm livestock saftey advice and control of dogs. Please use the links on this site to see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Dogs should not be taken into fields were there are young livestock. This includes all young livestock such as lambs, calves and foals. In more open countryside, where lambs are present, keep your dog on a lead (or under close control) and keep a distance from livestock. Disturbance at this time can separate young livestock from their mothers, leaving them cold, hungry and exposed to predators. Dogs should also not be taken into fields of cattle when they have calves. The cows see a dog as a threat and may attack it and you. Go into a neighbouring field or onto adjacent land, whenever possible. Even without a dog cows with calves can still react aggressively to your presence and young cattle can be inquisitive and approach or follow you.