Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters – a celebration

This article first appeared in the Spring edition of the MCS magazine Marine Conservation and was written by Louisa Finch from VisitScotland.

Louisa Finch from VisitScotland talks about Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, and how we can use it as an opportunity to get everyone involved in Scotland’s fluid past, present and future.

Elgol Peninsula Skye

This year, Scotland is celebrating its coasts and waters. In light of the global pandemic, many events and activities have had to be postponed, but we’re still looking to shine a spotlight on these spectacular elements of our landscape.

Scotland’s themed year provides a great opportunity to encourage everyone to get actively involved in taking care of our country, ensuring future generations can enjoy its beauty for years to come.

Anyone who lives in or who has visited Scotland will know that our coasts, waters, lochs, rivers and canals are host to an amazing array of riches. These natural features have shaped our history: from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, they have influenced our culture, our stories, our way of life.

Duncansby Stacks

VisitScotland, who is leading on Scotland’s themed years programme is delighted to be working collaboratively with the Marine Conservation Society and other organisations to help spread the word about the importance of enjoying our coasts and waters responsibly as part of this special year.

The first special event of the year helped reinforce the message of sustainability, as sea goddess Storm – a ten-metre-tall puppet created by Edinburgh’s Vision Mechanics – walked through the streets of Glasgow from the River Clyde to the Celtic Connections festival. Made from entirely recycled and natural resources, she captured the hearts and minds of thousands and is set to appear at events and festivals across Scotland during the year.

Neist Point Lighthouse

Make 2020 your year to help make a difference whether it’s avoiding single-use plastics, choosing sustainable seafood or celebrating Scotland’s coasts and waters digitally. Click here to find out more and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #YCW2020.