We all know from school science lessons that water comes in three forms - gas, liquid and solid. What you probably didn't learn at school though, is how important water is for our wellness and wellbeing.

The restorative qualities of being in, on, or near water are only just coming to light now. But Scotland's coasts, lochs and waterways have influenced our way of life and inspired artists, composers, and writers for centuries.

From Mendelsohn's 'Hebrides Overture' and Vettriano's 'Singing Butler' to Andy Scott's 'Kelpies' and classic tales including Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake', Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and George Orwell's '1984', the evidence is clear.

So, read on for ideas on how to improve your wellness through the healing powers of water in Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, and, like the falling tides, let your stresses ebb away.