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Year of Coasts and Waters 2020-21

Dive into Scotland in 2021 as we celebrate our spectacular coasts and waters.

Times have been difficult for us all recently, but we're ready to help you visit your favourite spots and attractions again, whilst exploring Scotland's incredible coasts and waters that will make your visit all the more memorable. Water is the lifeblood of our green and pleasant country. It's what makes the landscape so special and loved, whether you're exploring the coastline by kayak or paddleboard, wild swimming in one of our famous lochs, savouring some delicious Scottish seafood, enjoying a warming single malt whisky or uncovering the secrets of a coastal fortress.

Keep reading and begin planning your Year of Coasts and Waters trip around Scotland. Make sure you check out our Year of Coasts and Waters Travel Guide and don't forget to share all your adventures and special experiences with us using #YCW2021.

Coasts and Waters Events

The events programme that was designed to celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters has been reshaped and is now taking place around Scotland, in line with current COVID-19 government advice.

Keep an eye out for new and exciting events making a return to some of your favourite venues and locations across Scotland that will allow you to uncover Scotland's coastal gems and more. Check out the entries below to see what's on.

If you find yourself in Aberdeenshire, Moray Speyside, Orkney or Shetland between now and the 17 October, look out for 50 amazing lighthouse sculptures along Light The North - The Lighthouse Trail, which shine a light on Clan Cancer Support. See an Orca lighthouse sculpture in Elgin, there's a Doric Dalek in Aberdeen and a Year of Coasts and Waters Two Worlds, One Scotland lighthouse sculpture can be found on Kirkwall Pier in Orkney.

Share your coasts and waters experiences using #ycw2021 and #visitscotland!