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Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015

In 2014, the Scottish Government commissioned Land Use Consultants to undertake a study to fill data gaps on marine recreation and tourism activity in Scotland and to provide baseline information for marine planning. The project was designed and undertaken with the industry and co-funded by the Scottish Government with additional contributions from The Firth of Clyde Forum, The Crown Estate and The Scottish Coastal Forum.  

The Scottish Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey (SMRTS) was carried out between August and October 2015. It was designed to gather information for 23 different recreation and tourism activities undertaken at sea or around the Scottish coastline. For the purposes of this study marine recreation and tourism is defined as: ‘including those activities which involve travel away from one’s “habitual” place of residence, which have as their host or focus the marine environment and/or the coastal zone’. SMRTS comprised a web-based survey which gathered spatial information on the activities people had undertaken during the previous 12 months and asked detailed questions about their one or two most important activities. A survey of businesses was also undertaken. 

The report provided below gives an overview of the results and includes separate appendices giving detailed analysis across 23 activities.

In addition, the separate Literature review, data review and recommendations report is also available to read online.

Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015: Main Report & Summary Leaflet

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Title:Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015
Description:Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015
File:Main Report [PDF, 3828.5 kb: 22 Mar 2016]
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File:Summary Leaflet [PDF, 1693.2 kb: 23 Mar 2016]
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Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015: Appendices

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Title:Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015
Description:Scottish Marine Recreation & Tourism Survey 2015
File:Appendix 1 - General Marine & Coastal Recreation [PDF, 937.6 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 2 - General Marine & Coastal Tourism [PDF, 1112.9 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 3 - Visit to historic sites and attractions [PDF, 914.5 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 4 - Walking at the Coast [PDF, 951.9 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 5 - Long distance swimming in the sea [PDF, 533.7 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 6 - Birds and wildlife watching [PDF, 923.1 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 7 - Coastal climbing, bouldering and coasteering [PDF, 1289.0 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 8 - Land yachting, power kiting and kite buggying at the coast [PDF, 655.6 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 9 - SCUBA diving in the sea [PDF, 1486.2 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 10 - Surfing, surf kyaking or paddleboarding in the sea [PDF, 1061.9 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 11 - Windsurfing and kite surfing at the coast [PDF, 625.3 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 12 - Canoeing or kayaing in the sea [PDF, 1504.0 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 13 - Rowing and sculling in the sea [PDF, 1435.1 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 14 - water skiing and wakeboarding in the sea [PDF, 848.6 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 15 - Dinghy racing at sea [PDF, 1432.2 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 16 - yacht racing at sea [PDF, 761.9 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 17 - sailing cruising including dinghy cruising at sea [PDF, 1112.7 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 18 - Motor cruising at sea [PDF, 515.0 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 19 - Power boating at sea [PDF, 1084.6 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 20 - Personal watercraft (jet skis) at sea [PDF, 1202.1 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 21 - Sea angling from the shore [PDF, 1381.8 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 22 - Sea angling from a private or chatered boat [PDF, 1257.6 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 23 - Other - wildfowling [PDF, 888.5 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 26 - Stakeholders for Survey Launch & Publicity [PDF, 105.0 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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File:Appendix 27 - Marine Regions [PDF, 277.4 kb: 21 Mar 2016]
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