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Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our history and our way of life for thousands of years. Think of our stunning beaches, coastlines, inland waterfalls, lochs and rivers.

Scotland’s bountiful supply of water has supported our farming and fishing industries. It contributed to our industrial heritage by powering canals and mills. And along with peat and barley, it continues to provide a critical ingredient for our whisky.

The recreational asset value of coastal regions, lochs & reservoirs, rivers and canals to Scotland's economy is £13.7 billion.

Source: ONS

Coastal Tourism in Scotland

Published June 2021

Topic paper exploring the appeal of Scotland's coastal destinations for visitors.

The health benefits of being near water

Published June 2021

Topic paper

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