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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) operates a number of training areas in Scotland, and is one of the largest land owners in the country.[1]

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (LR(S)A), much of this land is now available for people to access and enjoy responsibly, however a number of restrictions also apply to such land. Under this legislation, operational and military training are deemed to be land management operations and therefore access may be restricted for reasons of public safety. Temporary and permanent signage, in accordance with the LR(S)A, has been installed to give clear advice on access restrictions to these training areas and inform visitors of the risks associated with these sites. The signs will also include a contact number for queries.

When on an MoD estate, for your own safety you must adhere to all military bylaws and safety notices displayed, and follow the guidance given in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code[2].

The MoD has also produced and advisory publication, which included Scotland: Public access to military areas - Information about public access to military owned land. [3]

More general information can be found in: Detailed guidance - Management and use of the Ministry of Defence estate.[4]

Scottish MoD areas

The areas listed and described by the MoD at the time of writing are:

MoD affected sea and coastline

MoD affected sea and coastline, 2008
MoD affected sea and coastline
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A map marked Defence Estates, and showing the MoD affected sea and coastline Scotland.

While there is no date shown on this map, Defence Estates was an executive agency of the MoD until 2008, when it was replaced by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, so it must predate that change.

Although it is therefore not current and technically out of date, the areas shown are unlikely to change significantly without major changes to the areas shown, which will be covered by the media and other sources, so can be verified. The areas also continue to be listed on web sites detailed the various MoD training areas, such as listed on this page.

References

1 Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | Access and Recreation | Scotland Retrieved April 07, 2012. Dead link 2013

2 Scottish Outdoor Access Code Retrieved April 07, 2012.

3 Public access to military areas - Detailed guidance - GOV.UK Retrieved April 21, 2013.

4 Detailed guidance - Management and use of the Ministry of Defence estate - Inside Government - GOV.UK Retrieved April 23, 2013.

5 Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | Access and Recreation | Scotland | Barry Buddon Retrieved April 07, 2012.

6 Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | Access and Recreation | Scotland | Cape Wrath Training Area Retrieved April 07, 2012.

7 Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | Access and Recreation | Scotland | Castlelaw Training Area and Ranges Retrieved April 07, 2012.

8 Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Defence Estate and Environment | Access and Recreation | Scotland | Kirkcudbright Training Centre Retrieved April 07, 2012.

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