Loch Creran SAC, ©SNH/Graham Saunders

SNH and the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 - #YCW2020




The year will focus on unique, authentic experiences and sustainable tourism, with the following four key strands:

  • Our Natural Environment and Wildlife
  • Our Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage
  • Activities and Adventure
  • Food and Drink

Scotland’s coasts and waters are rich in life and colour and draw visitors from around the globe. As part of YCW2020, SNH wants to encourage and inspire people to explore our wonderful coasts and waters. To achieve this, SNH is running a core programme of activities throughout 2020. Details of these events will be added here as they are launched.

In Tune with Nature competition - closing date 31 May 2020

Visitors enjoying a day out at the mountain trail, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, April 2015. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

In Tune with Nature

A competition inviting musicians of all genres to compose new music as part of a high-profile national composition and song writing project called 'In Tune with Nature'.


Message in a Bottle


Full version of the Message in a Bottle music and animation commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage for the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, with music by Ingrid Henderson and animation by Cat Bruce.

Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund - closed for applications

SNH SGT Ayrshire Coast 040, ©beckyduncanphotographyltd

Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund is closed for applications