Aug 18, 2015

Scottish marine recreation and tourism survey Goes Live!

Marine Scotland’s first national survey of recreation and tourism around the Scottish coasts and seas has just been launched.


Scotland has more than 18,500 km of coastline across 118 inhabited islands. The core marine sector (minus oil and gas extraction) contributed £4,582 million to the Scottish economy and employed 45,700 people in 2012.  In this vast and important sector we know a lot about some activities – ferry routes, fishing areas, oil and gas fields – but we know comparatively little about where people use the sea and coast for tourism and recreation.


This survey, run by consultancy LUC, covers a vast array of activities and tourism businesses in, on or next to the sea and is a partnership between Marine Scotland, Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Coastal Forum, The Crown Estate, Visit Scotland, Scottish Canals, WHAM, Royal Yachting Association (Scotland), British Marine (Scotland), Sail Scotland and sportscotland.


This survey will inform the development of Regional Marine Plans and will help ensure these plans reflect Scotland’s unique opportunities for activities such as kayaking, sailing, wildlife watching or simply playing about with a frisbee on the beach.


Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win prizes, including a short break at one of Scottish Canals’ holiday cottages, a spa day experience for two guests at Portavadie Marina’s new spa, family tickets for Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle and two return tickets for the Kintyre Express fast passenger ferry from Campbeltown to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.  Terms and conditions apply to these prizes and booking is subject to availability.


The survey will run from now until 31st October 2015.


To complete the survey click here




Solway Firth Partnership