Year of Coasts and Waters

Join us as we celebrate VisitScotland’s themed year for 2020 and 2021 – the Year of Coasts and Waters.

DIVE INTO 2021...

…and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, with a year-long programme that highlights the remarkable elements of our beautiful landscape. From natural coasts, rivers and lochs to our industrial heritage such as canals and mills, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our rich history through stories, culture, and a fascinating way of life.

View our sites located by water

Help us to preserve and protect our sites by Scotland's waters and become a Historic Scotland member from less than £5 a month. 

Turquoise waters surrounding Iona Abbey


Get on board and read our blog posts related to Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

YCW2020/21 blog posts

Make sure you download our free Historic Scotland app.


If you haven't seen our beautiful Year of Coasts and Waters range yet, water you waiting for? #YCW2021 

View of group on sailing boat, probably 'Gadfly' Titled: 'Sunday afternoon cruise Brodick. Jack Swan, Monty Murray, Johnson family'

Online exhibition

Explore Scotland’s coastal places, discover life and work by the coast and see how our shores were defended and navigated over the centuries in our water themed online exhibiton

Scotland’s Coasts and Waters exhibition

Be inspired by some of our historic coastal and water sites across Scotland:

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