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About the Year

The year 2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation. Following input and feedback from the tourism and events industry, there has been strong support and a commitment from Scottish Government to rollover the celebratory year into 2021.

Our Natural Environment, Activities and Adventure

Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings. Our coasts and waters are vital elements of our landscape and are greatly valued by communities and visitors alike. Scotland’s diverse coastal scenery, ranging from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to gleaming white beaches, offers an unparalleled range of experiences from water sports to whale watching and island hopping.

Our lochs, rivers and canals also play an important part in the visitor experience, offering boat trips, fishing opportunities and activity holidays, while the many nature reserves across the country are home to a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.

Our Cultural Heritage, Food and Drink

Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our history: from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power, they have influenced our culture, our stories, our way of life.

The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of each celebratory Themed Year. The Coasts and Waters supported events programme for 2020 was unable to take place as planned, but it is currently being rescoped and reshaped in line with current government advice in relation to COVID-19.

Get on board with #YCW20/21

Take a look at our YCW20/21 toolkit filled with practical tips, free to use images and a logo download.

Holding a coasts and waters related event in 2020 or 2021? Although the YCW2020 Events Programme Open Fund is now CLOSED for applications, the YCW20/21 Partner Event Programme is open. This is a free, non-funded opportunity to align your event with the Year and benefit from potential inclusion in our promotional activity in celebration of the Year.

For more information about event funding, please take a look at our EventScotland team’s other funding routes.

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