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Marine Scotland Information
Web portal providing access to descriptions and information about the Scottish marine environment...

Scotland’s varied coasts
Our stunning coastline reflects contrasts in rock types, glacial inheritance and changing sea levels...

Walking Scotland's Coast
Walking round Scotland's coast one day at a time. The story of our journey walking round the beautiful Scottish coast...

Scotland's Beach Awards
Scotland’s 11,800km coastline boasts an impressive mix of stunning rural beaches, great for wildlife watching...

Scotland's magnificent seas
Scotland has an astonishing 10% of Europe’s coastline. Framed by myriad sea lochs, firths and islands...

The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

Coastal Regions of Scotland

South West
Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Arran.

West
Argyll & Bute, Jura, Islay, Mull.

North
Highland, Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland.

East & South East
Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Dundee, Fife, Lothian, Borders.

Sponsored Listings

CoolStays by the sea in Scotland

A diverse range of 20 self-catering properties on the coast in Scotland from the contemporary and quirky to the more traditional. 

Haven Holiday sites on the Scottish Coast

Whether camping, touring or looking for a chalet or lodge Haven sites have all amenities on site leaving you free to just explore the coast by day and relax in the evening.

Latest News

  • Time for Some Marine Themed Fun

    If you’re stuck for some fun, educational things to do at the moment then look no further than our Marine Education Zone. Below, our Comms Team has recommended some of their favourite Marine Scotland themed resources to keep boredom at bay – so check them out and share your creations. You can tweet your finished... The post Time for Some Marine Themed Fun appeared […]

  • New Reports looking at Sea Lice Dispersal around Scotland

    Two new science reports have been published investigating sea lice dispersal between finfish aquaculture management areas around Scotland. The peer-reviewed article published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science looks at modelling output at a regional scale with some specific examples. The report for the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science (SMFS) series provides more in […]

  • Monitoring the Sights and Sounds of Atlantic Cod

    Many marine organisms, such as whales, dolphins and seals produce sound whilst they are under water. Maybe you’ve heard the clicking noises made by dolphins. But did you know that this is also the case for fish too? This is what PhD student Monika Kosecka has been studying as part of her project on fish... The post Monitoring the Sights and Sounds of Atlantic Cod […]

  • Most of Scotland's National Nature Reserves open but visitor facilities closed

    As a result of the latest advice on the Coronavirus pandemic from the UK and Scottish Governments, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has closed public facilities, including visitor centres and toilets, on its National Nature Reserves across Scotland for the health and safety of both staff and visitors.

  • Acoustic Tracking of Salmon and Sea Trout in Torridon

    A two-year project has helped to track the movement of salmon and sea trout smolts in the Loch Torridon system, Wester Ross. During 2018 and 2019 Marine Scotland Science fitted migrating salmon and sea trout with acoustic transmitters to track them through a grid of 80 acoustic receivers across Upper Loch Torridon, Loch Shieldaig and... The post Acoustic Tracking of Salmon and […]

  • Speculative Harbouring: Living Landscapes

    As we celebrate British Science Week we’re delighted to bring you an update from Indian artist and researcher, Sonia Mehra Chawla, with whom we worked closely with during the research phase of her two year project. Sonia’s installation, which focuses on issues around the North Sea, will be open to the public from April 4,... The post Speculative Harbouring: Living […]

  • MS Maps NMPi update - March 2020

    Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive) is Marine Scotland’s on-line planning portal making spatial data available to marine stakeholders in an easily accessible form to assist with the implementation of marine planning. Marine Scotland works with Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee […]

  • Celebrating Women in the Fishing Industry on International Women’s Day

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to announce that Ms Hannah Fennell, Senior Researcher in our Marine Analytical Unit, will be giving a talk at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther about her research into ‘The Unacknowledged Inputs of Orkney’s Fishing Industry’. The ‘Women in the Fishing Industry’ event will […]

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