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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.

Argyll & Bute, Jura, Islay, Mull.

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

  • Last call for nature fund applicants

    Budding applicants are being encouraged to submit ambitious ideas to improve habitats, safeguard species and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss in the final weeks of the latest round of the Biodiversity Challenge Fund.  

  • Call for poetry inspired by Tentsmuir nature reserve

    Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on poets to show their love of nature by writing verses inspired by Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve.

  • MRV Alba na Mara 0120A – latest news

    The annual underwater television Nephrops research survey neither started on the 6th January 2020 nor worked on the west coast, despite the survey plan. The vessel was initially storm bound in Fraserburgh for three days and once out of the harbour the 5m+ swell along the north coast meant the vessel couldn’t reach the west... The post MRV Alba na Mara 0120A – […]

  • MRV Scotia 0120S – latest news

    Here we go again! Like every January for the past 20+ years, our group set off on the Scotia from Leith to collect flat fish, mud, and more recently microplastics. This year, we will remain along the coast whilst having a fair distance to travel (see map below). Alongside the usual sampling sites we also... The post MRV Scotia 0120S – latest news appeared first on Marine […]

  • Vacancy: Fishery Assistant, closing date 11 February

    Salary: £19314 – £21482 Location: Fraserburgh Hours: Around 37.00 per week Closing Date: 11 February 2020 at midnight Reference: IRC80014E Employment Type: Permanent Employee We are currently seeking applications for a Fishery Assistant within the Marine Scotland based in Fraserburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will […]

  • Endangered skate movements revealed

    An online resource for tracking the movements of some of the largest and rarest creatures in British waters has been expanded.

  • Vacancy: Marine Planning Policy Officer, closing date 11 February

    Salary: B2 – £29,759 – £34,087 Location: Glasgow Hours: Around 37.00 per week Closing Date: 11 February 2020 at midnight Reference: IRC74997E Employment Type: Permanent Employee We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Planning Policy Officer  within the Marine Scotland  based in Glasgow or Edinburgh.  This is a permanent and […]

  • New ocean-inspired music to mark Year of Coasts and Waters

    Scotland’s unique marine environment will be celebrated in a special performance at Celtic Connections to mark the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

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