SCOTLAND’S Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 was officially launched yesterday at travel trade show VisitScotland Expo.

From water-inspired myths and legends to historic harbours, sweeping coastlines to the very best in seafood, whisky, wildlife and wellness, Scotland’s enviable reputation for unspoiled beaches, rich natural and cultural heritage and thrill-seeking adventure activities will be showcased.

Six events were announced yesterday with more to follow. They include a Scotland’s Shores programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; a Ferry Tales performance and community project from the National Theatre of Scotland, with the support of Caledonian MacBrayne; a significantly expanded Clydebuilt Festival in Glasgow; the Fife Regatta 2020; a new River of Light event at Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina; and DolphinFest 2020, which will help Aberdeen become recognised as a must-visit destination for dolphin watching.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland regional leadership director, said: “Scotland’s distinctive scenery, landscape and our unique history and culture continue to remain the key motivations that drive visits to the country.”

Jacob Cunningham, eight, is pictured with two “Mermaidens”.