In 2021, come and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and explore our breath-taking coastline, lochs, rivers and waterways. From fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, Scotland’s waters have influenced our history and culture and continue to shape our way of life today.

Drop anchor for the night and relax in hidden coves, explore our coasts on a stand-up paddle boarding or sea kayaking adventure, try an organised wild swimming experience, or simply stroll along the banks of a river. There’s so much to discover, from stunning scenery, inspiring islands, and wonderful wildlife, to fascinating history and a range of unmissable coasts and waters events and festivals. Find out how to stay safe in Scotland’s waters. 

Our coasts and waters offer fun activities for all the family, but it’s important to stay safe and always #RespectTheWater.

Read on and start planning your coasts and waters trip now. And once you’ve discovered your perfect moments, share them using #YCW2021.

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