Exhibition Scotland's Coastal Places For thousands of years, Scots lived mostly on the coast in order to survive. Today, well over half our population live near the sea. Exhibition Living by the Coast Settling on the coast was a matter of survival for our ancestors. Exhibition Working by the Coast Entire communities have grown up around Scotland’s fishing, trading and shipbuilding industries. Exhibition Beside the Seaside The steamers transformed the west of Scotland into a tourist destination with thousands heading ‘doon the watter’ to enjoy the seaside. Exhibition Defending our Shores Defending the coast from seaborne attack was an ongoing concern from Viking invasions to protecting the nation against enemy forces in WWII. Exhibition Out to Sea Navigating the treacherous waters around Scotland was a challenge for our ancestors. Blog Coastal blog posts 2020/21 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. We take to the water in our #YCW2020/21 blog posts, telling extraordinary stories from Scottish history. More to Sea Explore our coasts, rivers and lochs and find out more about how we celebrate our sites by the water throughout the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/2021.