Reservoir Respect

Watch our short video on how to act responsibly around our reservoirs, rivers and lochs

Here are some tips for visiting our reservoirs responsibly: 

  • Before visiting familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This supports you in accessing outdoor areas but only when you do so responsibly. 
  • Plan ahead. Often parking can be limited so set out with a plan B in mind - there are plenty of sites to visit. Move on if you arrive and it looks busy or parking will be a challenge. Please bear in mind the need for access to be maintained for emergency, farmers, residents and Scottish Water operational vehicles.  
  • Litter. Bin your rubbish or take it home. Litter can pollute water sources and harm wildlife. This includes dog waste.
  • Going to the loo. There are often limited facilities at our sites and the vast majority do not have toilets. If you need the loo, ensure that you take your ‘nature hike’ far away from water sources.
  • Responsible camping. While access rights do extend to wild camping, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code defines this as lightweight and in small numbers. Make sure to keep well away from buildings, roads or historic structures and be respectful of wildlife.
  • Fires. Never cut down or damage trees to light a fire. If possible, use a stove or if you must have an open fire, keep it small, under control and remove all traces before leaving.
  • Wildlife. Some of our sites have special designations for wildlife who call them home. Please be respectful of nature and give it space. Please keep control of your dog so not to disturb ground nesting birds.

Unfortunately, some people visit reservoir with disruptive behaviour in mind. Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated at our sites – especially when this risks impact to local residents, other visits, the environment or the water source. Many locations have regular Police patrols.


If you have any comments or concerns about our reservoirs, please contact our Customer Helpline on 0800 0778 778.

Take Care Be Aware

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If you get into difficulty and need help or medical assistance, please follow these steps: 

  • Phone the emergency services on 999. When the operator asks which service, state: police. 
  • Provide accurate details of the incident and location (grid references are very useful) – if you are in remote location with difficult access, it is important to emphasise this. 
  • The Police will assess the situation and send help.