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DIVE INTO 2020...

…and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, with a year-long programme of events and activities that will shine a light on the remarkable elements of our beautiful landscape. From natural coasts, rivers and lochs to our industrial heritage such as canals and mills, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our rich history through stories, culture, and a fascinating way of life.

View our sites located by water

Enjoy our sites all year and become a Historic Scotland member from less than £5 a month. Just visiting Scotland on holiday? Our Explorer Pass is a great value way to explore Scotland’s history.

Turquoise waters surrounding Iona Abbey


Get on board and read our news and events related to Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

YCW2020 Events

Make sure you download our free Historic Scotland app.


Watch this space for our fantastic themed products available at Historic Scotland sites and our online shop from April 2020.

Image of the sea wall constructed at Skara Brae to help protect the site from the damaging effects of coastal errosion.

New Heritage Fund

We are supporting community efforts to protect, promote and engage with Scotland's coastal or waterway heritage, and will be awarding small grants for community-based projects.

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Be inspired by some of our historic coastal and water sites across Scotland:

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