Walks and paths to explore
Within Perth and Kinross there are lots of signposted paths, many of which connect communities and are signed from villages or towns.
Stay safe and show respect
COVID-19 outdoor access guidance
The Rights of Responsible Access still applies during the COVID-19 pandemic when it is particularly important that people follow current national guidance. Scotland's route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis explains the key phases.
We are currently in level 4 by law you can only leave your home for essential purposes. View the Stay at home guidance guidance:
- You can go outside to exercise but should do so near home and should start and finish at the same place.
- Up to 2 people from 2 separate households can meet outdoors (children under 12 do not count) applying social distancing - keep a safe 2m distance between your group and others.
- Avoid contact - take hygiene precautions when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
- Keep your dogs on a leads or under close control so they won't approach others or livestock.
- Cyclists and runners - when passing others call ahead and be prepared to slow down and give way to maintain social distancing.
The Council has a statutory duty to uphold access rights and, if public access is unreasonably restricted on privately owned land, will endeavour to work constructively to encourage good relations with landowners/managers and their wider communities, particularly at this difficult time. Please read our policy statement on upholding access rights during COVID-19 [77Kb] and our PKC Covid-19 outdoor access guidance [83Kb]. Farmers and other land managers may ask you to avoid particular working areas, such as farmyards or fields with pregnant or young livestock, please follow signage and any temporary diversions.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service warn that due to the dry conditions there is a very high risk of wild fires. As COVID -19 restrictions ease please take extra care, stay safe and respect the environment and rescue services. Please do not use barbeques or light fires in the countryside and remove and dispose of all cigarette ends carefully.
Travel is limited to up to 5 miles from the Perth & Kinross boundary. Although if travelling for exercise plan ahead and continue to avoid busy places as social distancing will continue to be vital. In many places facilities, including toilets, some car parks and food outlets, may remain closed so ensure you take all you need for any trips out and make sure you leave the area as you found it.
Paths Groups work to keep open and improve paths in many areas. In 2018, we published the Community Path Group Development Guide which aims to support appropriate and effective community led action for paths and contains guidance, information contact details and links to further information.