Many of us will have been in the situation when out on a walk with the dog, with the family, hill-walking, mountain biking or out on a multi-day adventure, and you need to go to the toilet.  Nothing wrong with that, and is of course, not something we can stop happening!  However, we can all make sure that we perform the necessary act in a responsible way, that will minimise the impact on other people, animals and the environment in general.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code says:

  • If you need to urinate (i.e. pee), do so at least 30 metres from open water or rivers and streams.
  • If you need to defecate (i.e. do a poo), do so as far away as possible from buildings, from open water or rivers and streams, and from any farm animals. Bury faeces in a shallow hole (around 6 inches or 15 cm deep) and replace the turf.

There is more information available on the Scottish Outdoor Access website using the following link.