Visitors to Scotland's hills are being encouraged to check for deer stalking information online to help plan their routes.

It comes amid an increase in deer stalking activity on Scotland's Munros, Corbetts and other popular hills until October 20. 

NatureScot is urging hill-goers to check its 'Heading for the Scottish Hills' service to avoid disturbing essential deer management during this key period.

Part of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website, Heading for the Scottish Hills helps people find out where deer stalking is taking place, alongside other resources such as Walkhighlands.

The pages advise where and when stalking happens on popular hills, provide details of who to contact for more information and include routes that are ‘always okay’.

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NatureScot manages the service with the support of the National Access Forum and the Association of Deer Management Groups.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code also encourages people to pay close attention to signage on arrival and throughout their visit, follow reasonable advice from land managers on alternative routes and avoid crossing land where deer stalking is taking place.

Fiona Cuninghame, NatureScot Recreation, Access and Paths Officer, said: “Our Heading for the Scottish Hills service is a great resource to help you enjoy your day out in the hills without disturbing deer stalking, as well as learning about your rights and responsibilities more generally under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.”

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“Even if you head to the hills often, you should check the Heading for the Scottish Hills website regularly to get up-to-date information before you plan your route.”

Davie Black, Mountaineering Scotland Access Officer, said: “Heading for the Scottish Hills is an important source of information to help plan walking routes that minimise the chance of disturbing stalking. We encourage all walkers to check the website, as many of us will be unaware that we could be causing issues for stalkers who are trying to reduce the impact of deer on the environment. If you have specific questions about your route, please contact the relevant estate.”

Tom Turnbull, Chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups, said: “Land managers welcome visitors to the hills, but in some circumstances disturbance can prevent successful deer management. With increasing pressure to achieve culls from Scottish Government in the light of the climate and biodiversity crisis, ADMG would like to encourage all visitors to check the Heading for the Hills website and take notice of any signage on the ground when taking responsible access. We would like to thank everyone who uses the website, which has seen increased usage in recent years and has received positive feedback from our members."

The Heading for the Scottish Hills service was first launched in 2015 and is available at