Dozens of events have been added to a year-long celebration of the sea which will take place throughout Scotland next year.
Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 has announced a further 30 gatherings to take place as part of the initiative, which the government has invested £770,000 in.
Different events such as canal carnivals, coastal inspired opera and art, seaweed festivals and science sessions have been planned, alongside thrilling endurance activities and coastal rowing voyages.
The cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, yesterday hailed the “exciting year” ahead.
She said: “We have an exciting year ahead celebrating Scotland’s wonderfully diverse coasts, canals, rivers and lochs.
“The Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 programme is full of tours and exhibitions, great events, cultural performances, community activities and festivals.
“These events will be taking place in locations from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway.”
Kicking off the summer months, Marine Fest will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Seabird Centre in Berwick with activities including rock-pooling, guided walks and interactive science shows.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum and Anstruther Harbour Festival will team up for the museum’s 50th Anniversary to stage a seaside festival.
And the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy, a staple event in the north-east, will offer an expanded programme with an added focus on the marine environment.
From September onwards, people can look forward to events such as the Taste of Orkney Festival which will offer a packed menu of local food and drink experiences.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of Visit Scotland, said: “The incredible events receiving funding for the Year of Coasts and Waters are leading examples of how Scotland will shine in 2020.
“These celebrations will help to showcase the country across the globe.
“We are inviting the world to dive into the amazing experiences our coasts and waters provide. From water-inspired myths and legends, historic harbours, rich rivers, captivating canals and sweeping coastlines to the very best in seafood, whisky, wildlife and wellness.
“Scotland’s enviable reputation for unspoiled beaches, vibrant natural and cultural heritage and thrill-seeking adventure activities will be celebrated through a packed year-long programme of events and activities.”