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In 2020, we are celebrating the very best of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters designed to inspire both visitors and locals to explore and experience our unrivalled shores and coastlines.

We’re closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it develops. We recognise this is a very challenging time for the industry as a whole and for you as individuals. 

Each month we’ll shine a light on some of the people who live, work and have a passion for our coasts and waters in our ‘Day in the Life’ series. Ever wonder what makes Scottish oysters so distinctive, or how it feels to be part of a daring sea rescue? Then check out the links below to find out more about Scotland’s rich natural resources and the people who work on and around them.

We’ll be featuring a range of people in tourism businesses across the country who exemplify the themed year, including those working in cultural heritage, adventure, wildlife, food and drink. These industries provide invaluable skills, stories and contributions to tourism and form the lifeblood of the wider economy.

Whet your appetite...

  • Flora Kent, Marine Ecologist at Scottish Natural Heritage

    The Marine Ecologist and Diver

    Flora Kent at Scottish Natural Heritage talked to us about her role as a marine ecologist and diver, and about the impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on her work.

  • Andrew Morrison, Managing Director of Clydeside Distillery

    The Whisky Distiller

    We spoke to Andrew Morrison, Managing Director of the Clydeside Distillery, to find out more about the family business and why the location of the distillery is so special and what they have been doing to support the local community over the past few months.

  • Holly Mathieson from Nevis Ensemble

    Nevis Ensemble

    Nevis Ensemble were due to tour their Nevis Water Stories this year as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters Events Programme. With that tour now on hold, we caught up with Jon Hargreaves and Holly Mathieson, Artistic Directors of Nevis Ensemble, to find out about their work and how it has been impacted by the current crisis.

  • Georgina Kitching, Co-Founder of Lussa Gin

    The Gin Distiller

    We spoke to Georgina Kitching, one of the co-founders of Lussa Gin, based in the remote Isle of Jura. Read the interview to find out more about the business she's built with two friends on the island they love.

  • Catherine Gemmell, Conservation Officer at the Marine Conservation Society

    The Marine Conservationist

    Ever since she was a young girl, Catherine has had a deep relationship with the sea and its wildlife. From beach cleans to social media, find out what’s involved in the life of a Conservation Officer in Scotland. 

  • Freda Newton, MBE. Owner and Director of Loch Ness by Jacobite

    The Highland Business Owner

    Find out more about living and working amongst the stunning coasts and waters of the Highlands as we talk to Freda Newton about her tour guide business. 

  • Oyster shucker - Tristan Hugh Jones

    The Oyster Shucker

    Read our interview with Oyster Shucking Champion, Tristan Hugh-Jones, to find out more about Scotland's rich seafood, foody festivals and the best way to eat an oyster. 

  • Wull Wood volunteer RNLI

    The RNLI volunteer

    Could you navigate the choppy waters of the North Sea? Find out what it takes to be an RNLI volunteer by reading our interview with the 2nd Coxswain at Anstruther Lifeboat Station. 

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