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Access rights and responsibilities

We talk about freedom to roam, but what does it actually mean?
More accurately we should say the right to responsible access, and that's based on the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, usually referred to as SOAC.
Try our fun quiz to see how much you know about your access rights - and your responsibilities.
We talk about freedom to roam, but what does it actually mean?
More accurately we should say the right to responsible access, and that's based on the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, usually referred to as SOAC.
Try our fun quiz to see how much you know about your access rights - and your responsibilities.
Camping – you are looking forward to some walking and wild camping in the hills, but by the time you arrive it is starting to get dark. Where do you pitch your tent for the night?
a) You jump a fence and pitch your tent in a handy flat grassy field. There’s some sheep but you aren’t worried about them.
b) you walk a bit away from the road, so that you are out of sight of buildings and passing cars, then put up your tent.
c) You nip round the back of a shed by a house, and pitch your tent out of the wind.
CORRECT. SOAC advises that you can wild camp wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner’s permission.
 
CORRECT. SOAC advises that you can wild camp wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner’s permission.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you can wild camp wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner’s permission.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you can wild camp wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner’s permission.
 
Fires – You are camping out in the hills by a wood, enjoying a rare prolonged period of sunshine and no rain. You need to heat up some food for a meal. Do you…
(Photo Lorne Gill, SNH)
a) decide that nothing beats a roaring fire so you gather up some dead wood and get a good blaze going.
b) forgo the open flame and use your stove instead as the ground and vegetation is very dry
c) decide that nothing beats a roaring fire so you hack some branches off the trees and try to set light to them.
CORRECT. SOAC says that wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland, or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. And it’s not sensible to hack branches from trees because (1) it damages the tree and makes it vulnerable to fungal infection which could kill it and (2) green wood doesn’t burn very well.
(Photo: Lorne Gill, SNH)
 
CORRECT. SOAC says that wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland, or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. And it’s not sensible to hack branches from trees because (1) it damages the tree and makes it vulnerable to fungal infection which could kill it and (2) green wood doesn’t burn very well.
(Photo: Lorne Gill, SNH)
 
WRONG The correct answer is B. SOAC says that wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland, or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. And it’s not sensible to hack branches from trees because (1) it damages the tree and makes it vulnerable to fungal infection which could kill it and (2) green wood doesn’t burn very well.
 
WRONG The correct answer is B. SOAC says that wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland, or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. And it’s not sensible to hack branches from trees because (1) it damages the tree and makes it vulnerable to fungal infection which could kill it and (2) green wood doesn’t burn very well.
 
Litter – You have been enjoying a couple of nights wild camping and exploring the surrounding mountains. You pack up your kit and find that you have a few empty tins, bottles and plastic wrappers that you have used. You…
a) Gather them up and stuff them under a gorse bush – nothing much goes anywhere near gorse, it’ll be safe there.
b) Put all the rubbish in a plastic bag and carry it to the first track you come across. You leave it there as your car is still a bit away and someone in a 4x4 will be along soon – they can pick it up and dump it.
c) Put all the rubbish in a plastic bag and carry it to your car, or the first litter bin you see. You can sort and recycle when you get home.
CORRECT. SOAC says that broken glass, tins and plastic bags are dangerous to people and animals and are unsightly. You must take your litter away with you. Doing so will reduce the hazard to people or animals, and will add to people’s enjoyment of the outdoors. There is no litter collection in the hills so responsible behaviour is to take out what you bring in. You can even be super-responsible and pick up any other rubbish you come across, otherwise it will remain there. As long as it is safe to do so: apply common sense.
 
CORRECT. SOAC says that broken glass, tins and plastic bags are dangerous to people and animals and are unsightly. You must take your litter away with you. Doing so will reduce the hazard to people or animals, and will add to people’s enjoyment of the outdoors. There is no litter collection in the hills so responsible behaviour is to take out what you bring in. You can even be super-responsible and pick up any other rubbish you come across, otherwise it will remain there. As long as it is safe to do so: apply common sense.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. SOAC says that broken glass, tins and plastic bags are dangerous to people and animals and are unsightly. You must take your litter away with you. Doing so will reduce the hazard to people or animals, and will add to people’s enjoyment of the outdoors. There is no litter collection in the hills so responsible behaviour is to take out what you bring in. You can even be super-responsible and pick up any other rubbish you come across, otherwise it will remain there. As long as it is safe to do so: apply common sense.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. SOAC says that broken glass, tins and plastic bags are dangerous to people and animals and are unsightly. You must take your litter away with you. Doing so will reduce the hazard to people or animals, and will add to people’s enjoyment of the outdoors. There is no litter collection in the hills so responsible behaviour is to take out what you bring in. You can even be super-responsible and pick up any other rubbish you come across, otherwise it will remain there. As long as it is safe to do so: apply common sense.
 
Car parking – The start point for ascent of your chosen hill doesn’t have dedicated car parking space. You look at the map but can’t see any designated car parking spot nearby. Where do you leave your car while you head for the summit?
a) There is space by an old, rickety gate by the main carriageway. Doesn’t look like its used much, so no-one will mind if I just leave it here – I’m not sticking out onto the main road, so my car won’t get scratched.
b) Drive on a bit and come back again, looking for a convenient, flat area of verge to leave your car, away from gates and access roads, and off the main road.
c) There is a gate set back a little from the road, with a curving wall from the road verge to the gate, with lumps of mud on the tarmac. If I leave my car here by the wall it should be fine.
CORRECT - IF there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
C could also be a correct answer but only if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out. The mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway.
CORRECT - IF there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
C could also be a correct answer but only if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out. The mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway.
WRONG. The correct answer is B - if there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
C could also be a correct answer but only if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out. The mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is B - if there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
C could also be a correct answer but only if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out. The mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway.
 
WRONG. It's true that this could be acceptable if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out, however, the mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway. The correct answer is B - still assuming that there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
 
WRONG. It's true that this could be acceptable if there is sufficient space to allow large vehicles to turn in and out, however, the mud is a clue that large tractors are using this gateway. The correct answer is B - still assuming that there is a suitable area of verge beside the road. SOAC says parking a vehicle without regard to the interests of other people can cause problems. Therefore, when you park your vehicle it is important not to cause any damage or create an obstruction: not blocking an entrance to a field or building; not making it difficult for other people to use a road or track; having regard for the safety of others; trying not to damage the verge; and using a car park if one is nearby.
 
Wildlife – breeding birds – It’s late April and you are walking across the heather to get to your destination. You hear a shrill, sharp call and see a blur of tawny feathers as a Short-eared Owl explodes from the heather in front of you. You…
(Photo: Lorne Gill, SNH)
a) say WOW! And run after it for that fantastic picture to put on your facebook page when you get back
b) Creep up slowly to where you saw it rise and find its nest. Never held an owl’s egg before, so this is a fantastic opportunity
c) note where it rose from the heather and keep on walking past it out of the area – that was a great moment of drama as it flew up.
CORRECT. It is not an offence to disturb most birds, but it is an offence to destroy or interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it, either intentionally or recklessly. SOAC advises that you take extra care to avoid disturbing more sensitive birds, particularly during the breeding season, and not lingering if it is clear that your presence is causing significant disturbance to a bird or other wild animal.
 
CORRECT. It is not an offence to disturb most birds, but it is an offence to destroy or interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it, either intentionally or recklessly. SOAC advises that you take extra care to avoid disturbing more sensitive birds, particularly during the breeding season, and not lingering if it is clear that your presence is causing significant disturbance to a bird or other wild animal.
 
WRONG The correct answer is C. It is not an offence to disturb most birds, but it is an offence to destroy or interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it, either intentionally or recklessly. SOAC advises that you take extra care to avoid disturbing more sensitive birds, particularly during the breeding season, and not lingering if it is clear that your presence is causing significant disturbance to a bird or other wild animal.
 
WRONG The correct answer is C. It is not an offence to disturb most birds, but it is an offence to destroy or interfere with the nest of any wild bird, or obstruct a bird from using it, either intentionally or recklessly. SOAC advises that you take extra care to avoid disturbing more sensitive birds, particularly during the breeding season, and not lingering if it is clear that your presence is causing significant disturbance to a bird or other wild animal.
 
Dogs – You are out for a good hike with your dog, crossing a couple of fields with livestock in them, to get to the open hill. There is a sign advising dog owners to keep their dog under close control or on a short lead. You enter the field and…
(Photo: Mark Marnie, SNH)
a) Your dog runs at the livestock, with you running after your dog, shouting “Fenton, Fenton”.
b) You attach your retractable lead to the dog’s collar and off it runs – it’s fine, it’s on a lead.
c) You know that your dog sometimes doesn’t listen to you, so you attach the lead and restrict the length it can run.
CORRECT. Knowing your dog’s abilities and limitations is important. Animals in fields can panic and become aggressive. It is best to keep as far as possible from livestock. A short lead is taken to be two metres and “under close control” means that the dog is able to respond to your commands and is kept close at heel.
 
CORRECT. Knowing your dog’s abilities and limitations is important. Animals in fields can panic and become aggressive. It is best to keep as far as possible from livestock. A short lead is taken to be two metres and “under close control” means that the dog is able to respond to your commands and is kept close at heel.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. Knowing your dog’s abilities and limitations is important. Animals in fields can panic and become aggressive. It is best to keep as far as possible from livestock. A short lead is taken to be two metres and “under close control” means that the dog is able to respond to your commands and is kept close at heel.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. Knowing your dog’s abilities and limitations is important. Animals in fields can panic and become aggressive. It is best to keep as far as possible from livestock. A short lead is taken to be two metres and “under close control” means that the dog is able to respond to your commands and is kept close at heel.
 
Signs – You are walking along a track when you come across a sign saying PRIVATE PROPERTY, KEEP OUT. Do you
a) walk past the sign and carry on with your walk as you think such wording is illegal under the land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
b) get worried that someone will shout at you if you carry on, so you turn back and walk elsewhere.
c) pull the sign down and make a fire with it to brew your tea.
CORRECT. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 states that you must not put up any sign or notice that obstructs or hinders people from exercising access rights, either by physically obstructing access or by otherwise discouraging or intimidating them. It doesn’t allow you to damage property.
 
CORRECT. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 states that you must not put up any sign or notice that obstructs or hinders people from exercising access rights, either by physically obstructing access or by otherwise discouraging or intimidating them. It doesn’t allow you to damage property.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is A. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 states that you must not put up any sign or notice that obstructs or hinders people from exercising access rights, either by physically obstructing access or by otherwise discouraging or intimidating them. It doesn’t allow you to damage property.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is A. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 states that you must not put up any sign or notice that obstructs or hinders people from exercising access rights, either by physically obstructing access or by otherwise discouraging or intimidating them. It doesn’t allow you to damage property.
 
Gates and fences, and dykes – the route you are following has a stock fence across it, preventing your progress. You see a stile 100m further away, off your route. How do you carry on with your walk?
a) You clamber over the fence, hearing the top strand twang as you sit on it.
b) You walk down to the stile, cross the fence and go back to resume your route
c) you climb the fence, making sure that you avoid damage by doing so near to a post.
CORRECT. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is also correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
CORRECT. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is also correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is also correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is also correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is only correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that you do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. Answer C is only correct if this is the ONLY option available, when there is no gate or stile nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.
Unfenced grassland with Livestock- you are on your way up the hill when you come across a group of cows lingering on the path, staring at you. Their calves seem unconcerned and are grazing round about the path. You want to crack on to get to the summit so you…
a) stride forward clapping your hands and shouting “move along, move along…”
b) don’t like the look of the beasts standing on the path, but you want to make progress up the hill. You try sneak around the cows on the path and hope that they don’t care about you
c) stop, step away from the path and walk slowly around the outside of the cows and calves, taking a detour and giving them plenty room
CORRECT. The Code advises that in open country you keep a sensible distance from animals, particularly when there are calves or lambs present, and avoid driving them over land. Cows, especially with calves, can react aggressively to your presence. Try to not walk between calves and the rest of the herd.
CORRECT. The Code advises that in open country you keep a sensible distance from animals, particularly when there are calves or lambs present, and avoid driving them over land. Cows, especially with calves, can react aggressively to your presence. Try to not walk between calves and the rest of the herd.
WRONG The correct answer is C. The Code advises that in open country you keep a sensible distance from animals, particularly when there are calves or lambs present, and avoid driving them over land. Cows, especially with calves, can react aggressively to your presence. Try to not walk between calves and the rest of the herd.
WRONG The correct answer is C. The Code advises that in open country you keep a sensible distance from animals, particularly when there are calves or lambs present, and avoid driving them over land. Cows, especially with calves, can react aggressively to your presence. Try to not walk between calves and the rest of the herd.
Forests and Woods – It is a lovely afternoon and you are coming back off the hill, down through the forestry plantation the main road. Following the forest road you come across a sign informing you that “Due to forestry operations there is no access along the forest road to the main road. Work ends early autumn”. It’s the direct route back to your finishing point. What do you do?
(Photo: Lorne Gill, SNH)
a) Shrug and carry on, as you can always dodge through the trees to avoid anything up ahead.
b) check for signs of activity around you – the sign is rather vague with no alternative routes indicated. Walk on, alert for any signs of activity, and be prepared to stop and wait if you see work underway.
c) Despair, and retrace your steps back to the previous junction on the forest road, taking you to the main road a mile further on from where you need to be.
CORRECT. This sign does not comply with SOAC. Land managers are advised to keep the area affected, and the duration and type of any precaution, to the minimum required. Detailed information should be provided at the main access points and alternative routes indicated, if possible. Particular routes should be safe to use when work has ended and would not cause significant safety hazards. For those taking access, read any signs warning you of forest operations and follow any precautions taken by the land manager. Signs may indicate that it is safe to go along a route if the activity has stopped, such as for the weekend. And if you come across machinery, keep a safe distance.
CORRECT. This sign does not comply with SOAC. Land managers are advised to keep the area affected, and the duration and type of any precaution, to the minimum required. Detailed information should be provided at the main access points and alternative routes indicated, if possible. Particular routes should be safe to use when work has ended and would not cause significant safety hazards. For those taking access, read any signs warning you of forest operations and follow any precautions taken by the land manager. Signs may indicate that it is safe to go along a route if the activity has stopped, such as for the weekend. And if you come across machinery, keep a safe distance.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. This sign does not comply with SOAC. Land managers are advised to keep the area affected, and the duration and type of any precaution, to the minimum required. Detailed information should be provided at the main access points and alternative routes indicated, if possible. Particular routes should be safe to use when work has ended and would not cause significant safety hazards. For those taking access, read any signs warning you of forest operations and follow any precautions taken by the land manager. Signs may indicate that it is safe to go along a route if the activity has stopped, such as for the weekend. And if you come across machinery, keep a safe distance.
WRONG. The correct answer is B. This sign does not comply with SOAC. Land managers are advised to keep the area affected, and the duration and type of any precaution, to the minimum required. Detailed information should be provided at the main access points and alternative routes indicated, if possible. Particular routes should be safe to use when work has ended and would not cause significant safety hazards. For those taking access, read any signs warning you of forest operations and follow any precautions taken by the land manager. Signs may indicate that it is safe to go along a route if the activity has stopped, such as for the weekend. And if you come across machinery, keep a safe distance.
Moorland (field sports) – It is September and you are coming back off the hill after reaching the summit and walking across some heathery moorland, a patchwork of blocks of purple, green and grey. You see a line of people ahead in tweeds, walking up across the slope. One of them is shouting and waving to you. Do you…
(Photo: Lorne Gill, SNH)
a) Think that it is an odd-looking bunch of walkers, wave back and carry on ahead of them.
b) Change direction to avoid them and walk through a patch of shorter heather, pleased to see some grouse fly up. It’s great seeing wildlife in the hills.
c) Stop and see what the fellow is calling to you about.
CORRECT. This fellow is the Head Keeper of the grouse moor and is leading a line of beaters up to the shooting butts. SOAC says you can help to minimise disturbance by being alert to the possibility of shooting taking place on grouse moors and taking account of advice on alternative routes. Avoid crossing land where a shoot is taking place until it is safe to do so.
 
CORRECT. This fellow is the Head Keeper of the grouse moor and is leading a line of beaters up to the shooting butts. SOAC says you can help to minimise disturbance by being alert to the possibility of shooting taking place on grouse moors and taking account of advice on alternative routes. Avoid crossing land where a shoot is taking place until it is safe to do so.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. This fellow is the Head Keeper of the grouse moor and is leading a line of beaters up to the shooting butts. SOAC says you can help to minimise disturbance by being alert to the possibility of shooting taking place on grouse moors and taking account of advice on alternative routes. Avoid crossing land where a shoot is taking place until it is safe to do so.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is C. This fellow is the Head Keeper of the grouse moor and is leading a line of beaters up to the shooting butts. SOAC says you can help to minimise disturbance by being alert to the possibility of shooting taking place on grouse moors and taking account of advice on alternative routes. Avoid crossing land where a shoot is taking place until it is safe to do so.
 
Ski resorts – you are needing to get from the resort car park to the top of the hill for some adventurous back-country skiing. Do you
a) jump on the nearest ski-tow. Don’t need a ticket as you aren’t skiing on the piste.
b) skinny up the edge of the piste, keeping near to the snow fence.
c) walk straight across the piste in your boots – it’s the most direct route to the open hill
CORRECT. SOAC advises that various recreation and land management bodies produce more detailed advice and guidance about good practice and it makes good sense to be aware of these and to follow the suggestions for good practice. Mountaineering Scotland has produced, on behalf of the Snowsport Touring Advisory Group, a booklet providing advice on Snowsport Touring, Mountaineering and Managed Resorts in Scotland. This Guidance advises that If there is no marked uphill route, please stay on the outside of the snow fence on narrow pistes (walk if necessary) or to the edge of the piste when it is wider. And do not attempt to use a lift unless you have a valid lift ticket.
 
CORRECT. SOAC advises that various recreation and land management bodies produce more detailed advice and guidance about good practice and it makes good sense to be aware of these and to follow the suggestions for good practice. Mountaineering Scotland has produced, on behalf of the Snowsport Touring Advisory Group, a booklet providing advice on Snowsport Touring, Mountaineering and Managed Resorts in Scotland. This Guidance advises that If there is no marked uphill route, please stay on the outside of the snow fence on narrow pistes (walk if necessary) or to the edge of the piste when it is wider. And do not attempt to use a lift unless you have a valid lift ticket.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that various recreation and land management bodies produce more detailed advice and guidance about good practice and it makes good sense to be aware of these and to follow the suggestions for good practice. Mountaineering Scotland has produced, on behalf of the Snowsport Touring Advisory Group, a booklet providing advice on Snowsport Touring, Mountaineering and Managed Resorts in Scotland. This Guidance advises that If there is no marked uphill route, please stay on the outside of the snow fence on narrow pistes (walk if necessary) or to the edge of the piste when it is wider. And do not attempt to use a lift unless you have a valid lift ticket.
 
WRONG. The correct answer is B. SOAC advises that various recreation and land management bodies produce more detailed advice and guidance about good practice and it makes good sense to be aware of these and to follow the suggestions for good practice. Mountaineering Scotland has produced, on behalf of the Snowsport Touring Advisory Group, a booklet providing advice on Snowsport Touring, Mountaineering and Managed Resorts in Scotland. This Guidance advises that If there is no marked uphill route, please stay on the outside of the snow fence on narrow pistes (walk if necessary) or to the edge of the piste when it is wider. And do not attempt to use a lift unless you have a valid lift ticket.
 
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