Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

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 from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the year.

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. 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.

Scotland’s annual events portfolio offers a wide range of events and festivals that provide a variety of opportunities to engage with our coasts and waters.

Adding to this rich and diverse programme of existing events, the dedicated Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 (YCW2020) Events Programme Open Fund is designed to create new, high profile opportunities to celebrate our coasts and waters whilst adding value to the existing calendar of events. The funded events programme creates new opportunities for responsible participation, celebration and promotion of the key themes of the year.

The YCW2020 Events Programme Open Fund is now CLOSED for applications.

Find out more

Missed the boat? Don’t worry, there’s loads more information on the Year and to find out how you can get involved here on our dedicated YCW2020 toolkit.

Holding a coasts and waters related event in 2020? The YCW2020 Event Partner Programme is open for applications. This is a non-funded opportunity to align your event with the year and benefit from potential inclusion in VisitScotland promotional activity in celebration of the year. Find out more and sign your event up here

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

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